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Onwards and Onwards

8 Jan

Happy New Year.

Some stats from 2018:

Didn’t manage to complete my GoodReads Challenge, only finishing 18 out of the 20 books I had challenged myself to read. Unfortunately you can’t count all the half-read ones, although I think there will be a flourish soon as I get some of them finished. Others will languish forever on the shelf with bookmarks at the point where I had had enough. I am going to read more of what I want to read this year, and not follow my book group’s recommendations quite so religiously. Book groups are great at getting you to expand your horizons, but I have hit the buffers too often recently and need to read my own choices for a while. (Though that doesn’t mean I will stop going for all the chat).

I listed 139 possible competitions/submission slots on my Excel Goals Worksheet and submitted on 41 occasions, winning or being published 5 times, so 12% of what I submitted got somewhere – not bad. I just need to get the submission level a bit higher along with the hit rate.

UPDATE: Just found another acceptance in my Junk folder – more info will follow.

I earned a grand total of ( I can hear the taxman getting excited) £229.36 (including 7p in Amazon royalties), less £84 costs bringing a profit of £145.36 for the calendar year, or appox. £2.80 a week (oh, how we writers live). I did get paid in Australian and US Dollars this year, which, added to the usual Euros and Sterling, makes me a truly international (if poor) author.

On the plus side, I didn’t spend any overnights in hospital this year – which means my kids didn’t (YIPEE), though I am still on Carer’s Leave without an end in sight to that.

I also set up my new business Beech Editorial Services, and have been doing a bit of editing and proofreading, although waiting to reap the rewards there.

My Writers’ Group, the G2 Writers, goes from strength to strength, with another published author to our name – Charlie Gracie, and we are just about to welcome two new writers into the fold, which is very exciting.

 

And so 2019.

I might not be an optimist, but some stubbornness keeps me going. I am trying different things with my writing and maybe one day you’ll see my name in lights (if not there is always Amazon). Keep reading, keep writing, keep hoping, and have a great 2019.

 

New Year – New Books

2 Jan

At the start of last year I created a ‘Read in 15’ shelf on my book case. It looked like this:

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Now it looks like this:

Bookshelf 31/12/15

Feel free to play spot the difference – although this doesn’t give a full profile of my reading as there were additions along the way and some ebooks. I did manage to read 22 books this year – according to Goodreads.com just missing my challenge of 24 books. What my challenge hasn’t taken into account either, is all the reading I’ve done for my writers’ group – about 20k words a month, and the reading and re-reading of my own book to proof-read.

No matter how far she runs, Meg can never escape the past.

No matter how far she runs, Meg can never escape the past.

 

Within the next couple of days I’ll re-arrange my bookcase and create my shelf for the new year. I like having a limited choice of books to go to next, although my book group lead me to other titles, as did a tendency to break my own rules.

As for writing challenges, well they remain the same – to do as much as I can, when I can, and keep going.

 

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