New Year #Honesty

First, apologies for not updating my blog for a while. When you’re a writer who has a full-time job and family obligations, you need to prioritise where your precious free-time goes, and I decided it was best to write novels rather than blog posts.

The New Year always brings us hope and questions. Hope that you will finally reach your goals, but questions of why you haven’t achieved those things already. My goal has been the same since I was a little girl – sign a life-changing publishing contract.

In the past three years I’ve completed a distance-learning creative writing degree, written two full-length novels and two novellas, compiled a massive collection of short stories, traversed several genres, and read hundreds of books. I’ve run a local writers’ group with over 20 members and conducted writing workshops for teenagers. I might just be one of the hardest working writers you’ve never heard of!

I was first published 8 years ago, and back then I was naïve enough to think it meant I had finally made it as a writer – wrong. For every published piece I’ve had to work my behind off, bend over backwards, and sacrifice other aspects of my life. And I still feel no closer to working as a full-time writer. A good friend once told me it takes years to become an overnight success, and this has never rung so true.

For the past year I’ve been changing genres. I love YA, writing and reading it, but it has yet to be lucky for me. As I write this now, I have one thriller in submission, one heading towards a final a draft and a third making my fingers itch. I write fast. By talking to successful authors, I’ve discovered that the best marketing for your book is your next book. Build up your portfolio as quick as you can; that’s my goal for 2020. I still want to write YA, and have some great ideas, but it’s low on my priority list right now.

Reader, one request I’ll leave you with is this: please leave Amazon reviews. These make a massive difference to the author and their book. Amazon’s algorithms work on the number of reviews received – so please take a minute to write a short review for a book you enjoyed. A good story has the power to transport you from the mundane, to cheer you up, engage your emotions, and make you laugh out loud. You will never know the true amount of blood, sweat, tears, which went into writing that book, so thank the author with stars and a few words for taking you on that trip.

Keep your fingers, toes and eyes crossed for me, and hopefully the next time I update this blog will be with some good news…