New Year’s Eve 2015-16.
What a wonderful chance to reflect on the joys, dramas, tears and achievements of this crazy obsession called writing!
I thought I’d share some of the highs and lows of creative writing and of promoting my debut novel, Baby Farm.
In 2015 I became a social media tart.
- Joined Twitter. After 253 tweets (yes, it’s still baby steps), I have 366 followers. Many are fellow writers or people who generally love books.
- Started a writer’s page on Facebook (check it out at Terranova Publications).
- Spruced up my Goodreads author site and wrote a few reviews.
- Rejigged my WordPress website, combined my blogs, set up links to Paypal so that people can purchase books from the website direct. Do you have a copy yet?
- Wrote 15 blog posts (not enough, I know), seen by people in 56 countries. Most were from Australia, closely followed by the US, the UK and Brazil.
Baby Farm went on tour.
- Gave author talks at ten South-East Queensland libraries and met lots of fascinating people. Many shared personal stories about adoption with me, some for the first time ever. I hope that, in some small way, this has stepped you towards greater understanding and forgiveness.
- Did book signings at six bookstores in Brisbane, where I chatted to scores of readers, writers, and would-be writers.
- Ran a booklovers’ stall at a Christmas market in forty-degree heat. Even the bookmarks melted.
- Sold lots of books and got lots of lovely feedback.
My new novel underwent a massive structural edit (sort of).
- Sadly I didn’t get too far due to work commitments (yes, there’s a day job) and my efforts in promoting Baby Farm.
- The new book is called Angel Tattoo and it’s another crime mystery.
- My 2016 New Year’s resolution is to publish it.