Wow. What a year. While it’s true my plans for growing my blog readership didn’t happen which had everything to do with being overwhelmed with working to get my first book published, I’m very pleased with what I did accomplish this year. From books read, to posts written, to short stories submitted, to connections made, to articles shared, to podcasts recorded, I’ve been a busy little bee!
Books read from the 2018 reading list
I totally flaked out on reading all of the books I wanted to this year and again I’ll blame it on the stress of the publishing process. Finding each title, and reading it, and returning to share about it here was too much to figure out when all my time and attention was focused on staying afloat while working to make Stonebearer’s Betrayal as good as it could be. The reading I ended up doing was self-indulgent escapism in the form of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series. No regrets there. The great thing about books is the list I made for 2018 will still be there for me for 2019. Yay!
|Bel Canto – Ann Patchett|
|Ready Player One – Ernest Cline|
|Man from Shenandoah – Marsha Ward|
|Heroes of the Valley – Jonathan Stroud|
|Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy – David Gerrold|
|Stiff: Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach|
|Power Cues – Nick Morgan|
In addition to being a stressed out slacker, I learned that it takes me far longer than it should to read non-fiction. I do much better if it’s an audiobook because I can listen while I do chores and run errands.
Yes, even while I’ve been working to get Stonebearer’s Betrayal out, I’ve been submitting things to places. Although this year, it’s been largely in the name of marketing. Every little bit helps. I’ll note here that I’m not including the soul sucking numbers from seeking out reviewers, and I thought finding a publisher was hard. Yikes. Here’s the stats:
- 47 items submitted
- 29 response received (18 still waiting)
- 10 resulting in positive outcome
The breakdown of those 47 items –
- 26 presentations
- 7 panels/roundtable discussions
- 7 podcasts
- 5 short stories
- 2 misc
2018 Blog Statistics
- 3924 visits
- 5887 page views
- 21 posts
Top five posts of 2018
- Cover Reveal – Stonebearer’s Betrayal
- Healthy vs Unhealthy Relationships with Dacia M. Arnold
- Talking Pulp Fiction with Jay Barnson
- Discussing Worldview with Candace J Thomas
- Grateful for You
All said, it’s been a busy and wonderful year. I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish and am looking forward to an even busier and productive 2019. To you, dear reader, I hope your 2018 was filled with wonders, challenges, and growth as well.
Here’s wishing you a fantastic and productive new year!
In case you missed it this week:
Here’s an article I wrote about family game night over at Guild Master Gaming. Also, Mike Thayer over at the Calling all Nerds podcast and I had a great time talking about what it’s like to be authors and what inspires us.
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