Work-ness, Illness, Pokemon-ness, Author-ness!

It’s that time of year again where the best-laid plans and all seem to just disintegrate in lieu of the impending holiday festivities. I’m sat trying to juggle some work revision for next year alongside advertising BLUE LIGHT CHRISTMAS and realising this year that more people want to buy it from the internet than direct from me! That’ll teach me to stock up! The first runs needed some tweaking but I am so happy with the way it turned out. Profits, while hardly bank-breaking, will be well into triple figures for COPs charity so it can’t all be bad!

Then, at the same time, I have been working furiously to try and market INTO THE DARK which comes out on New Year’s Day. I’ve been trying quite a few different things including (quite belatedly) creating a mailing list for readers from BookFunnel. I’m not sure if I’m getting the full hang of all of this but I’m trying.

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INTO THE DARK has been sent out to some advanced readers and I’ve been blown away by the feedback and support. So much so I have decided to punt BLACKOUT, my novel for 2018, a little earlier and try to get myself submitted to the Kindle Scout program.

I know my following isn’t in the realms of a legion yet but I’m hoping the little guy can shine with this one so I’ll be asking everyone to cast a vote onKindle Scout when it’s live for voting as of 22/12.

At the same time I have been amusing my children getting out and about playing Pokemon Go, resetting my Circuit Training and who knows what else. Just when I think it’s going to be fun on my two weeks of leave from work leading up to Christmas…..each child goes and gets ill on different days. SO all those plans of productivity, creativity and fitness have become a little less achievable (unashamedly fitness tends to disappear last as it’s most important I keep myself sweating and healthy).

I’ve been testing myself with some new projects in support of other people’s creativity and I am waiting to see if that goes anywhere. I’m also having conversations with someone to narrate the audiobook version of INTO THE DARK so while I have been quiet in sharing things I’ve not been doing nothing….I promise.

Here’s what I have done while not blogging:

  • Finished and edited BLACKOUT
  • Marketed and appeared for BLUE LIGHT CHRISTMAS 2
  • Negotiated external support for BLC2
  • Edited my main website
  • Created INTO THE DARK WEBSITE
  • Built a mailing list
  • Researched and practised at Amazon Marketing and Facebook Advertising
  • Tweaked INTO THE DARK
  • Advertised INTO THE DARK
  • Revised for work commitments
  • Amused the children (although yet to see the new Star Wars)
  • Restarted my Circuit Training instead of weightlifting
  • Decorated my cellar (planned to be my “imagination cave” area)
  • Negotiated audiobook plans for INTO THE DARK
  • Signed up to BookFunnel and sharing groups
  • Interacted on Facebook Groups
  • Written newsletters and emails to mailing lists
  • Written a short story
  • And more…

It’s been mad and I’m sure it won’t stop there. Now BLACKOUT is done I’m not sure waht to do……………….prt of me says to finish the sequel to FOOTPRINTS ON THE OTHER SIDE (whcih is about half done but untouched for 16+ months).

IF ANYONE DOES WANT TO OFFER SUPPORT AND HELP NOMINATE MY BOOK BLACKOUT THEN CLICK THE BIG BLUE VOTE NOW BUTTON BELOW AND DO THE NECESSARIES. YOU NEVER KNOW…….I COULD WIN (HMMMMMMMM).

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