December was my busiest month this year!
I had two holiday craft fairs on December 6th and December 13th. That means I’m up at 6:30 a.m. getting ready, packing the car, heading to the venue, setting up, and then actively selling the book for 6 hours with Mom and then packing everything up again.
It’s a long day for both of us. I’m very lucky that she helps me out.
St. Pius X Holiday Craft Fair on Dec 6th:
Friends of the Wolcott Public Library Holiday Craft Fair on December 13th:
I also had some holiday orders for signed copies. In December, I sold a total of 47 books! I’ve also broken the 1000 copies sold milestone, which is something only 10-15% of debut authors (traditionally or indie published) accomplish.
I finished my first draft of Six Train’s sequel on December 12th. It’s 82,000 words or 445 pages. I planned to take the rest of December off since I’d been drafting non-stop for 4 months, but things had started to happen with The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts.
Harlequin signed off on the termination agreement for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. Then they sent me the line edited version. ICM agreed to terminate me as a client too.
So I spent December 14-Dec 28th doing line edits. I’ve never seen so much red on a page before. Most painful editing process ever. But the book is far better for it!
My reward was that I spent the New Year’s holiday in NYC with my best friend, Brett. We hung out, watched movies, galavanted around the city, and caught up on each other’s lives. On NYE, we went to see Erasure in concert at Terminal 5. It was amazing!
Andy Bell is in fantastic shape. He moved like a leprechaun all over that stage. And he’s got such charisma and personality. A real showman.
At midnight, Brett and I hugged and kissed and it was so nice to be with someone I’ve known 19 years. What a wonderful start to 2015!
On New Year’s Day, I got to have lunch with my mentor (and dear friend) and his wife and daughter. It’s so cool to reconnect with people who were such a big part of my early days in New York.
The next day, I had lunch with my former boss and early reader of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. She always supported my dream of being a writer, even when I wasn’t particularly good at it. It was lovely to catch up with her.
On my last night in the city, my oldest friend Ant and his husband Darren met Brett and me for dinner. We had a blast catching up and the conversation flowed so freely. Two hours flew by.
I’m so lucky to have such great people in my life. I can’t imagine my world without them.