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2018 Review and 2019 Goals

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 amazon. I came close with Sentenced to Troll, but fell just a little short at 750. I hope to double my writing income for the year, travel to various conventions, and meet up with other authors at Dragoncon. I’m going to be putting a lot of effort into growing my Patreon, and should have some exclusive art in the next few weeks. All in all, I want to get better at this whole author thing, putting out quality books and building my fan base.

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!

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