Happy end of February to my Manic Followers! I must say this has been the strangest February I’ve ever seen. I live in northern New Jersey and we had a heavy snowfall, finally, that resulted in about 8” of snow for me. This past weekend, it was 70F (21C) and I had the windows wide open! I think winter may be drunk this year.
This is my monthly check in where I tell you what I’ve accomplished, what I’ve learned, and how all that’s changed my plans for next month. 2017 is my year of intentional-ity, I intend to publish a book this year, maybe two if I can get them ready, I intend to grow my author platform, and I intend to make myself known as an author, and as an Indie Author supporter. If you happened across this blog post won’t you subscribe and join me on this crazy journey? If you are a regular follower would you share this or recommend it to a friend and help me grow my base?
What I’ve accomplished:
- I wrote 12 chapters for a total of 33,345 words!
- I’ve grown my Twitter following! I added roughly 500 followers in the month of February! I’m going to put a blog post explaining how I’ve done this so you can too!
- I started a Street Team for EA Copen. EA Copen is a fellow Indie Author. I’ll also be putting up a blog post about this.
- I read five books- Fiction Genre’s by Marcy Kennedy, A Maze and Grace by Cyn Mackley, Chasing Ghosts by EA Copen, Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunham and When the Winds Blow Cold by Anna Tan.
- I participated in February #AuthorConfessions which is a lot of fun.
- I participated in WIPpet Wednesday
- I finished half of Finding Myself and the first 6 chapters of All of Me
- I reviewed four books- Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Fiction Genres by Marcy Kennedy, A Maze and Grace by Cyn Mackley and Chasing Ghosts by EA Copen.
- I made an awesome Indie Meme that I’m going to turn into a #game on Twitter this month!
What I learned:
- I learned that I am better at Social Media than I thought I was.
- I learned to give myself a break when I need it
- I learned how to build a street team.
What I didn’t do:
- Write 60K words like I’d planned.
- Start my own Twitter # game.
- Figure out a giveaway for my subscribers
My plans for March:
In March I will continue to work at finishing the WIP’s I have, All of Me and Finding Myself. I should finish Finding Myself with no problem. All of Me will have about four chapters left to write in it. Then it will go into revision while I start on Book 2 of the series. I also have to make a Page for this series so that my followers can see what it’s about.
My word goal for March is 30K, less than February for a few reasons. I realized that unless I am very well prepared I can’t write more than that easily. A 50K goal for a Nano project is one thing but on a regular basis I just can’t shut the rest of life off. 30K is a reasonable goal of about three chapters a week in addition to the other work I do for my blog, the street team and life.
This month I want to develop a series of blog posts that will help my readers get to know me and what I write about better. They will be articles about real world problems and how I portray them in my books, how I’m building my author platform, and other things. I’m also going to be updating the look of my blog, hopefully with a shiny new banner and color theme. When I’m done with that I will be running my first sweepstakes with prizes. I’m so excited to be able to engage my readers!
I’m attending my first ever Writer’s conference this month and taking the opportunity to pitch An Amethyst in the Rough while I’m there. I don’t expect to sell it, but the practice will be invaluable. And of course I hope to learn as much as I can while I’m there. I looking forward it a lot.
I also need to market Divorced White Female more effectively and get some traffic to it.
That’s all I have planned for March. I think that’s enough, don’t you? What are your plans for March? Do you have a favorite Indie Author that you follow? Share in the comments and let me know about them!