Updates for May 2018: Moving Forward

After taking the time to review my goals, self-imposed deadlines, and future needs, I’ve made a couple decisions about my work moving forward. Rest assured, these changes are for the better, and this is not one of those “I’m quitting the business” posts.

Plans for Now

So far, my only big goal this year was to write and publish 13 series on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. I’ve successfully done so with 4 of my series now, and am looking forward to the next 9 on my todo list (even if I’ve only got titles and outlines for only 5 of them…There’s still time!). 

Taking off April for a rest, rethink, and relax period allowed me to hone in my thoughts and recognize what I want to start doing moving forward. Below are the three areas of my work that I’d like to start, continue, or improve upon, as well as ideas for future exploits.

 

The Website – Blogs, Updates, and Audience Reach

In all honesty, I haven’t done all that much with my website. Looking back at my original post for all the things that I wanted it do makes me feel like I just sort of made it readable and easy to navigate, and then left it to be. This is, in part, due to my lack of website building and laziness in researching and learning that skill.

In the coming months, I hope to be able to write one or two blogs a week, updates once every month or two, and answer any and all questioned that are tweeted or emailed to me daily. 

The Series – Deadlines, Quality, and Publishing

Obviously, April wasn’t the best month for me. Instead of publishing my fifth series, The Maydale Hauntings, I ended up calling the month a wash and instead focused on the future. At first, this seemed to be a horrible idea that only helped strengthen my laziness, but in the end I found it to be a welcome reprieve that allowed me to regroup, reorder, and reinvigorate my writing.

As of now, I will (hopefully) be realeasing a new series every two months. This is to give me ample time to write quality work for my series as well as pursue other projects that will strengthen my writing and help to build my portfolio. My last series will (once again, hopefully) be published in October of 2019, and pull my series writings to a close. At least for a little while…

Future Goals – Audiobooks and Paperbacks

I’ve had a long, hard debate with myself on these two. On one hand, I’d like to get audio versions and paperbacks of my series out ASAP. On the other, to do so now would be both costly and time consuming. It’s important to me to provide these options to readers, but not important enough to stop production of newer works to do so. ((Spoiler alert from October 2018: I do in fact have my first five series now available on Paperback! Enjoy!))

Overall Picture and Lessons Learned

In conclusion, there’s a lot that I want to start doing, but there’s even more that I have to work on right now and get better at first. Audiobooks and Paperbacks are sound investments of my time and efforts, but ultimately I need the material first in order to get to those later. Due to limited funding and having to do 100% of what I do myself, I can’t be everywhere at once and work on everything at the same time.

It’ll be a struggle to try and grow my brand the way I want while maintaining a full time job and other responsibilities, but I’m fully prepared to give it my all and do everything in my power to make my work the best it can be. It was my need to find an outlet for the bursts of creativity I get that made me start writing series and blogs in the first place, but now my love of doing so is what drives me to keep moving forward. I hope you will all enjoy what I have to put out into the world!

Have you ever realized halfway through the year that changes have to be made to your work or personal life? How do you deal with it? Let us know in the comments below! Let’s get a discussion going, yeah?

Happy reading, writing, working, and living!

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