2013 was a good year for my budding writer career: I started (in earnest) drafting Lost Dogs, my next work; I learned a lot at the Bay to Ocean conference and I joined the Eastern Shore Writers Association; I sold a bunch more copies of Dragontamer’s Daughters at Balticon and book signings in December; and I raised a respectable amount of money for the Navajo Water Project (more about that next time).
DTD 1 exceeded over 90,000 reads on Wattpad.com and I gained over 4800 followers there. I joined a few other Eastern Shore writers in a group to teach each other social media, and I’ve greatly expanded my blogging, reaching more people. My post fisking James Patterson got the most views. Visitors told me that they particularly enjoyed learning from my experiences in attempting to publish DTD in the traditional and indie ways.
I’ve (mostly) held to a “no-politics” policy on this blog, and I intend to keep to that. I started a series of blog posts where I praise the most influential teachers I had, and I will continue to do that, too.
In 2014, I’ll keep on blogging at least twice a week, hopefully more often, about fantasy, sci-fi, superheroes, gaming, and whatever else strikes my fancy. So far, I plan to re-post a short children’s essay (“Our Wild Place”); discuss the book I’m currently reading (A Dog’s Purpose); and talk about how one can apply principles of project management to writing books.
And I expect to publish Lost Dogs in the summer. Thank you for visiting, and I hope you’ll come back again and again. And if you like what you read here and in my books, please join my Facebook page and tell folks about it.
I hope 2013 was good for you, and that 2014 will be even better.