So, anyone who has talked to me realized that this was a rocky year. On a professional note, I’ve never charged harder. However, the problem is, when you aim big and get close, the fall hurts that much more. I always have my big career-moving goals, but I set a couple realistic ones this year too. My goal was to have 3 books come out, and to get 3 new contracts.
What did I achieve in 2017?
Well, I had four new books come out:
Rising for Autumn (February 2017)
Waking for Winter (July 2017)
Forged Alliances (September 2017)
Captured Memories (October 2017)
I finished my first series, with all four books of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles out!
I also got 5 contracts this year:
Waking for Winter, Forged Alliances, Captured Memories, A Reflection of Ice, and Of Tinkers and Technomancers
Now, unfortunately with Loose Id closing in 2018, I have to find new homes for my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, and my plans for the Tribal Spirits series have been put on hold, but I’ll push forward with them next year.
On the writing front, I wrote A LOT this year.
Outlier Heir (80,000 words)
Forged Alliances (60,000 words)
Forged Decisions (60,000 words)
Of Tinkers and Technomancers (33,000 words)
Captured Memories (43,000 words)
My currently untitled YA Fantasy (80,000 words)
and I’m almost 60k into the final Airship book
That’s 416,000 words in total this year. Yay!
As for editing, on top of the comprehensive edits I did on all of the above projects, I also re-edited and found a home for A Reflection of Ice, a story I originally wrote in 2015, and I re-edited Chasing Fate this past month.
So, even though I faced a lot of setbacks this year, I wrote a hell of a lot and I fought a hell of a lot. I might not have made the drastic strides I wanted to, but I think I came closer than ever before, and I haven’t given up yet. 2017 did its best to crush my spirit into the ground, but I’ve got an amazing support system, from my friends and family who always listen when I get beaten down, to a group of author friends who helps build each other up as we all try to rise.
After the beating I got in 2017, I’m ready to face 2018 with new armor and new drive, having learned a lot from the past year about what’s holding me back. Let’s make this new year a great one.