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I'm at a cross road and I'm not sure which way to go. Path of Angels has been out for an entire year and I actually remembered to celebrate one of the release dates. As of right now, PoA is in Amazon Select and Kindle Unlimited. When I first released them, it was a good idea. I got plenty of reads. But as time went by, reads trickled off. They spike when I do a promotion, but then go back to flatlining with the occasional blip.
In March of 2016, I blogged about my thought process for making a promo plan for the year. I realized the plan didn't need to be complex and that made it easy to plot and implement. Now it's 2017, so I figured it would be a good idea to go over the plan and see what worked and what didn't work. *WARNING* This is going to be a long post.
No one can argue that 2016 was quite the year. Between celebrity deaths and politics it's a wonder any of us survived. Mine was especially rough. Dad had a heart attack and got an ambulance ride in a snow storm. Then a couple months later, Mom had TWO cancerous tumors discovered. Both were removed successfully. My brother's cancer returned and it took way too long for the medication to do something. And then I had my own medical issues. I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystits and had to throw out 90% of what I normally eat and become a label checker. All this interfered with writing. Needless to say, I'm ready for 2017. Especially if it promises no hospital visits.
I imagine by the time this posts, the fever of Pokémon Go has died down a lot. People are playing it, but the craze has calmed. I'm still playing it. Which is funny because I initially got it so I could find Pokémon at the day job and post pictures to the Facebook page and do some marketing for the restaurant.
IWSG is posted the first Wednesday of every month, but I'm posting early this month. Explanation is below with my writing goals. It is the brain child of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. Get your fears and insecurities out or give words of encouragement. We're writers, let's support each other!
The awesome co-hosts for this month are Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!
I think it was three years ago I attempted a newsletter. The site I used was basic and easy, but I can't recall the name. It wasn't MailChimp, I remember that much. I ended up closing the account after a few months because I felt like I had nothing interesting to share. Add to the fact that I don't subscribe to newsletters and find them annoying, it wasn't something I was eager to do despite every writer and their mother declaring every writer should have a newsletter. With that said, guess what?
It's a bit weird to actually be excited for NaNo, but November is here and I'm ready to use the challenge to get some editing done. Since I'm a goal oriented writer, I decided it'd be a good idea to make a plan for the month and set some goals.
I think I'm one of the handful of writers who every November does not go crazy with Nano. The first time I heard about it, I didn't have a story to write and was working on editing Being Human. By the next year, I had figured out a little about how I wrote and setting deadlines like Nano did hindered me more than encouraged. My muse hides from them and I have to trick her by saying goals. I actually dread Nano because everyone talks about it and when you're not part of something super popular it can get disheartening, and to be honest, annoying. But it's hard to escape and once October hits, people start talking and planning.
So I did something dumb this week and got sorta into an argument on the Internet. I say sorta because it was more different opinions and if I had persisted it wouldn't have amounted to much. Basically, over on The Passive Voice blog, PV shared an article where some writer lectured talked on writing disabled characters and gave a list of dos and don'ts. And those sorts of articles annoy me. They generally feel very soapboxy to me and also leave me feeling like I'm expected to pity someone who is disabled.
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Sites I like to Visit
* Daniel A. Kaine
* MB Mulhall
* Marie Landry
* Rainy Kaye
* Vamps and Stuff
* Story Dam
* A to Z Blogging Challenge
* Alex J. Cavanaugh
* Larry Kollar
* Indie Books Be Seen
* C. Lee McKenzie
* A Book Lover's Playlist
* Cherie Reich
* M. Pax
* Charity Bradford
* Colin D. Smith
* MJ FiField
* Melissa Barker-Simpson
* Christine Rains
* Heather M. Gardner
* Liana K (Youtube)
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