I love writing. I hate writing blog posts.
Seems ironic, right? Maybe it is. Anyway, 2014 is coming to a close and what a year it has been! I had six books release this year. SIX! That's crazy! I think I'm slightly addicted to back to back releases now, though, because I've planned on releasing a book a month for all of 2015. I'm done with my Jan and Feb releases and I'm working on my March release. Three of those releases will be re-releases, so I'm not that insane ;) Unbound, Reaper, and Beyond the Sea are getting the full treatment. New editing, new plot (to an extent) and new covers.
I'm unsure of exactly when those books will come out, so I'm not giving release dates yet. Right now it's looking like my April release will be another dark romance that's brewing in the back of my mind while I finish Take Me and then I will go back the Guardian Legacies (which I'm so freaking excited to do!) I will re-release Unbound and Reaper then release Moonlight, which I know a surprising amount of people have asked about.
It surprises me because it wasn't available for that long. It surprises me because I was a total newbie Indie author and had no clue what the hell I was doing. The editing isn't perfect. The books are really freaking long and ramble (usually about horses) for pages on things that don't necessarily move the plot. I've learned from my mistakes and I can't wait to dive back into these babies and get them back out.
I'm excited for what 2015 has to bring. My journey as an author has been anything but the norm. I published Unbound at the end of 2011, and then published Contagious, Beyond the Sea, Reaper, and Deathly Contagious within a year.
But that's where things get weird. I was working full time and in nursing school. I couldn't keep up with writing, publishing, and promoting. I slacked. I stopped posting about the books. I stopped doing any promotions. Then I got an offer on the Contagium Series. I took it. The books were pulled (and were supposed to be re-published only a few months later but it ended up being over a year until the series came out again). I realized that Unbound, Reaper, and BtS were not done to the best of my ability. (Totally newbie, remember? I had NO clue what I was doing. I made a ton of mistakes in the beginning).
So for over a year, I had no books published. I still occasionally posted about my books on my personal Facebook page, but I let my fan page fall to the wayside. I don't want to say I gave up, because I didn't. I still had the dream of writing full time and still considered myself an author. I had two books to write under contract that I was working on after 12 hour clinicals and hours of homework. I let myself "fall off the grid" and promised myself I'd start again...once I had the time. But of course life doesn't work like we want it to. I graduated from nursing school in 2012 then had a baby in 2013.
Finally, in 2014, I was able to publish again. Stay came out in May, then Contagious, Deathly Contagious, Contagious Chaos, and The Truth is Contagious came out monthly from July to October. All I Need released in December. So after a two year hiatus, I made a 6 book comeback.
Sometimes it makes me sad when I think about the lost time. I really feel like I'm starting completely over. And I'm shocked, humbled, and so, so grateful for the fans that have stuck with me after reading the first self-pubbed version of Contagious. My gratitude for you guys leaves me speechless. Really. I wonder why you've stuck it out with me. I've met some amazing people because of those books, and many fans have become friends, some are even my best friends now.
2014 was a good year, despite the long time off. I signed with an agent. Stay made it into the top 100 on amazon. (#26!) I hired a publicist. I quit my job and write full time. Those were all goals I hoped and dreamed of doing, and I met them.
Sometimes dreams take a while. Sometimes you have to put things on hold because life gets in the way. It's never a reason to lose hope or stop trying. I've come a long way in the past few months since I "became and author again", and I'm even more excited for what's to come.
All I have to say to 2015 is bring it.