Sorry for all the guest posts I’ve done on other blogs this month. They were scheduled to be more spaced out, but with the holidays everyone posted them in January.
I’ve been trying to read more in December and January. But I don’t want to turn this into a book review blog. I will post reviews to Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, but just do 1 book review post a month with my fav two reads showcased and links to the others books reviewed.
Over the holidays, I did a Scrivener tutorial and downloaded the free software. It’s hard to adjust to a completely new method of doing everything. The tutorial did not make it easier. I wanted to poke my eyes out at certain moments. A few times, I considered just doing it in Word. But the more I use Scrivener, the more I see its benefits.
I can have a series as one project file. That means all of Six Train and its sequels can live together in one Scrivener binder. I can link research to each book rather than printing it out and having to search through folders. And I can create character and location profiles and keep them updated throughout the books. I’m working on building a series bible this week.
My outline for book 2 is still in Word but that’s the next project. Moving it into Scrivener once it’s finalized.
2013 Resolution Delayed Update
I delayed the start of the new resolution cycle until Chinese New Year (Jan 31). I ate way too much over the holidays and I needed the extra time to wrap up last year. So I’m giving myself a 13 month year. Good news is I’ve been getting a jump start on things and turning them into habits since Jan 5. I’ll talk more about that in my Jan 30th post and share the Q4 results from 2013.
December numbers were my worst all year. I sold 28 books. I didn’t have any events planned so that likely contributed to the low sales numbers. I needed a break from the promo push. I had to recenter and rebalance. I will be adding in-person events while I outline, draft and revise other manuscripts this year.
Upcoming Author Events in February
In that vein, I have a few events coming up in CT in February:
2/8: Hartford, CT: Wadsworth Atheneum: I’ll be selling books and signing copies from 10 am to 3 pm with fellow CT CAPA authors during the Wadsworth’s Free Saturday.
2/12: Naugatuck, CT: Whittemore Public Library: “Ladies’ Night Out” where I’ll be reading my favorite scene from Six Train. Wine and cheese will be served. I’ll be selling and signing books. Several CT authors are participating so it will be a great place to get a taste of new reads.