As I lay here immobile because I broke my leg a week ago, I thought I'd reflect on my year. 2017 was my third year working as a full time author and it has by far been my most productive and yet also disappointing year. I focused all of my energy on writing and publishing new books. As the year winds down, I realize that wasn't a very smart thing to do. I should have spent half my time writing, and half my time marketing.
But marketing is such a dirty word, right? Ugh, it's the worst.
Here's a list of every book I both wrote and published this year:
The Immortal Mark
The Immortal Bond
The Immortal Truth
Unplugged Summer: A special edition of Summer Unplugged from Jace's point of view.
Natalie and the Nerd
Believe in Summer
Believe in Fall
Believe in Winter
In This Moment
The Text Dare
My Un-famous Neighbor
The Truth of Letting Go
Christmas With You
Believe in Spring
I also released a few box sets of series that are cheaper than buying the individual books:
The Summer Unplugged Series
The Immortal Mark Series
The Believe in Me Series
And I worked with wonderful producers who made audiobooks for me:
The Immortal Mark Series
Ella's Twisted Senior Year
2016 was a great year for my career. I learned that as long as I published a new book a month, my income would stay steady at a level I could live on. (While also depending on my husband's income for half of the household bills.) 2017 was not the same. In fact, I earned 40% less this year compared to last year, despite releasing even more books and working myself so hard I spent more time stressed than happy.
Something has to change. As much as I don't want to go back to a day job, I will be working part time next year to supplement my income as I try to make my author career worthwhile again. Next year, I will write slower and better, and only produce 6 books, one every two months. I've taken classes that teach author marketing that I hope will pay off as I dive into advertising and promotion next year. I've also hired a wonderful personal assistant who will help me stay organized, scheduled, and connected. I'm working on growing my newsletter (please sign up if you're so inclined!) and will be doing targeted sales on my older books every month in 2018.
There are a ton of readers out there, and I just need to find ways for them to discover my books, instead of working myself to the bone trying to write new books. I want to extend a huge thank you to my readers who stick with me for every book, leave reviews on Amazon, and send me awesome emails. You are all the best!
Here's to an exciting new year filled with new plans and hopeful thoughts!
The summer before senior year, Lilah Monroe’s parents take a nine-day trip, leaving her as the guardian of her bipolar cousin, Cece. When Cece’s parents died tragically five years ago, she and her brother moved in with Lilah. Her brother soon went missing and was presumed dead.
Lilah and Cece couldn’t be more different. They used to be best friends, but high school has changed them both. Lilah likes order, schedules, and a tidy room. She has plans for her future and won’t let anything derail it, not even Cece whose life is constantly on the edge of chaos. Cece is messy, erratic and sensitive. She also has a reason to believe that her brother is still alive. Despite Lilah’s reservations, Cece tracks down an old friend who believes her theories. Ezra happens to have gotten really handsome since Lilah last saw him. Too bad they never really got along when they were kids.
Knowing the odds are stacked against them, Lilah breaks all of her parent’s rules for order and reason and joins forces with Cece and Ezra to set out on the road in an old RV in hopes of finding her dead cousin. Lilah and Ezra have a love connection amid the chaos, and when they discover what really happened to Thomas, it’s a truth no one saw coming. One that just might get them killed.
A powerful novel about hope, first love, and what it means to be family. Perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, Emery Lord, and Sarah Dessen.
After many emails and requests, I have decided to write another book featuring Becca and Park from the Summer Series! Christmas With You is available now for 99c or free with Kindle Unlimited. (Don't know what Kindle Unlimited is? It's like Netflix for books. You pay one monthly fee and get to read as many books as you want. Click here to learn more and sign up for a free month trial)
Here's the book summary:
The holidays are approaching and Becca is nervous about meeting Park's parents for the first time. As they embark on a trip to California, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. For Becca and Park, the only thing they can always count on, is their love for each other.