2014 has been quite a year for me-gratifying, memorable, and extraordinary. Yet, I can’t help thinking-there’s so much I could have done better as a writer/author. There will always be regrets but now is not the time to pander those. Tonight I choose to cherish the sweet victories.
I started off 2014 with a lot of questions about my journey as an author. How did those questions fare? How did I fare?
Here’s a look back at the biggest of them-
1. Can I ever publish a book?
That was a burning question for me in 2013 and going into 2014. At the time everything seemed to be slipping off schedule and goals kept eluding me. At a point or two, it seemed I would never get there. But . . . finally . . . I completed and published two books. YAY!
There are few things that I am so fiercely proud of as I am of getting my first two books released. The first, Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy, was released on Jan 21st and the sequel, Maia and the Secrets of Zagran was made available on Dec 15th. This has been a long journey, an unexpected journey in many ways, and finally in 2014, I was thoroughly invested into being an author. I have never felt better.
2. Can I become an author-entrepreneur?
That I wanted to go the indie route as an author was a no-brainer for me from the get go. What I did not realize right away was the variety of roles I would have to fill in addition to being an author. I would have to take on full or partial responsibilities of a editor, designer, publisher, marketer, financier, and the list goes on and on. I will be honest, even the thought of trying on even parts of these challenges was not a happy one. But gradually, over the course on 2014, I have come to understand my capabilities better and slowly but surely working towards becoming an author-entrepreneur. That journey has just only begun, but hey, at least it has begun, right?
3. How will I ever find those awesome beta readers everyone talks about?
Haven’t we always heard how important editing is? These edits come in various forms, I discovered. While I did not think twice about hiring my awesome editor Allison Itterly, I had no clue about finding appropriate beta readers. But I do know better now. After years of searching around blindly, I have landed what I call my beta reader jackpot-a diverse team that is unafraid to voice their opinions, readers who believe as much in my characters’ success as I do myself, people I could not do without.
4. What will I do about that dreaded marketing monster?
It is still a monster. Yes, it is. But, I know it a little better. How? Because I have looked at it up close. And I have dared poke it a couple times. I have some idea, a foggy idea to be honest, of things that can make it roar and of others that it cares zip about. Marketing still remains a huge unknown and it will probably take another year or two to have an good sense of it, but progress is definitely a great thing.
5. Will I continue writing as fiercely after 2014?
Oh yes. I most surely will. There are times when we waver, when we are not sure about ourselves. 2014 had begun in such an unsure, unsettled mood. I was ready to launch my first work, yet not prepared to accept my new persona. I was fearful almost. After the first was out though, there was never a smidgeon of doubt. I would do this over and over again, no matter how long or difficult the journey.
2014 has been a lot of hard work. 2014 has been full of discoveries. 2014 has been fulfilling. Now looking forward to 2015.