2015 Goals

In 2014, I was finishing adjusting to several things but I was still able to publish two works that I am very proud of. I’m looking forward to taking the momentum I’ve built up in 2014 and continuing to accelerate more and more into 2015 and beyond, so here are my official goals for the year as a whole.

  • Release Memory Blood 2 and 3 – The 8 month development schedule for Memory Blood worked very well and is also working very well for the second book in the series so I see no reason why the next two books in the series wouldn’t be released in 2015. I’m very excited about the second book, the shape of which becomes clearer every day, and it should surpass the first book which I’m already immensely proud of.
  • Release an additional project – If Memory Blood 2 lands in April and Memory Blood 3 at the end of the year, then there’s time for an additional project in between the two. Right now there are different things I can do so I’m not committing to anything, but more RMV Mysteries or even a brand new project are possibilities as well.
  • Increased marketing – I’ve increased the number of people that have read my books in 2014 and I’d like to continue doing this in 2015. I’ve learned a lot about what type of promotion is and isn’t worth my time and money and so I should have even more success in the coming year.

If I were to assign a bonus goal for this year, it would be cleaning up The Library Series a little bit. There are still some typos remaining and I’d like to cleanse all four books of any mistakes which should be a task I can accomplish this year. Unfortunately, I don’t think 2015 is the right time for more Orin Chronicles or Academy series books so I won’t be including them as bonus goals for this year. In my opinion, The Orin Chronicles needs to be relaunched and so that’s a major project for the future.

Of course, these are simply my goals for 2015 and other unique fun things are sure to happen along the way. These are the major goals, but it would be silly to limit myself and so please look forward to another great year of creativity with me!

2014 Goals Review

Release the first two books of my next series – In August I accomplished the first half of this by releasing Memory Blood. For the purpose of quality I delayed Memory Blood 2 and I’m very happy with that decision. Now when the book launches in four month’s time it will be the absolute best it can be. I started writing MB2 again today and I’m brimming with energy from all the different ideas and stories that are already falling into place where they need to be.

More Friday updates – I believe I accomplished this during the early parts of the year as I slowly revealed my new series to be Memory Blood but then as the latter half of the year came I consciously decided to lessen the number of Friday Updates. Ultimately, this goal wasn’t as exciting after the new series was announced and that’s why there was no need to continue pursuing it. I think frequent weekly updates will only return when I’m launching big new projects which won’t be for a while now.

More marketing and networking – I absolutely achieved this one. My marketing and social media skills have greatly increased and I’ve had an easier time connecting with others this year. I saved some money for marketing campaigns too and I’ve learned a lot from those experiences and look forward to taking them with me into the new year.

Tomorrow, I’ll officially announce my broad goals for 2015 and speak more about where I’m going as a writer. I’m very excited to say more but will contain myself for now.

Writing Update: Mid-December 2014 Edition

It’s about time for a new Writing Update now that Creswood Mysteries has been announced. As of now, the story has been completed and I’m working on balancing and tuning the mystery over the next 2 weeks leading up to the release before the end of the year. Official story info and a release date will be coming soon, but I need a little more time to prepare so your patience will be appreciated.

When I set out to write my debut mystery novel, I initially wanted to make it super difficult to solve because that would be a lot of fun for me. However, there’s plenty of time to write super difficulty mysteries in the future… so why not start out a little easier? The balancing of the hints is not yet completed but I think there will only be a mild amount of difficulty in the Creswood case which means that more than a few people should be able to solve it outright and most people should have some good guesses by the end.

This was a quick project, so it’s only the length of a short story and that also makes it easier to re-read so I’d like to ask my readers to try their very best to solve it. Unlike a standard mystery novel, there’s no solution at the end but a solution shouldn’t be necessary. The mystery becomes solvable quite early on and more and more hints are presented afterwards that will help with figuring things out.

Even if you can’t solve it, it should still be fun and that’s what excites me about this work. The appeal of a mystery novel is the mystery and I think I’ve created something quite fun and lighthearted despite the fact that people get murdered. If you haven’t read something in this style before you’ll probably only understand after you’ve read it but I guarantee it will be worth the 99 cents that it will cost!