2018 has been an incredible year, with many ups and downs both personally and professionally. It was a major test of my determination and a learning experience.
The good: I published 3 novels and 1 audiobook and went full-time as an author. In spite of all the setbacks, I’m proud of the products I put out. Sentenced to Troll ended the year on a high note and will likely be my best seller to date. My Patreon has grown and I have some really exciting exclusives coming to all the supporters in the next year.
The bad: Amazon stripped my earning on 3 months this year, 2 of them launch months. This was a major blow to my income and no matter how I tried to fight it, there was little to be done. I thought I was making progress and then hit a wall. Amazon is one of the largest companies in the world and if they don’t want to answer emails, you can’t make them. I also had my fair share of injuries. A pinched nerve, sprained LCL, and surgery on my wrist dominated a large portion of the year and took me out of writing for a bit, but I finally feel like things are progressing for the better. I still have a cast on, but I’ll be typing away even if it is a little cumbersome.
Goals for 2019: I want to publish 4 novels and 3 audiobooks. Pangea 2 is in the final stages of production, so that shouldn’t be too long. Sentenced to Troll 2 and Pangea 3 are the next to up to write and then I’ll reevaluate after that. There is potential for a secret crossover with some other authors, but that remains to be seen. I also aim to launch a book into the top 500 on
For my personal goals, I’m looking forward to moving past my injuries and challenging my body in the year to come. I miss weightlifting and playing sports with friends. I’d like to quit comparing myself to others to better enjoy my own success. I want more traveling, reading, video games, and really enjoying the fact that I am making a living doing what I love. I’ve worked for years to be where I am at right now. It’d be a shame to take that for granted.
Have a wonderful 2019!