Sometimes, we need to see ourselves through someone else’s eyes

With the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, I’ve been reading lots of posts from fellow authors about all the books they’ve written and published last year.  They made me feel inadequate, like I’d been sloughing off all year.  What had I accomplished?  Nothing, I told myself.  At least not what I wanted.

Then, this morning, I received a PM from a new author I met last year.  She asked some advice, then proceeded to compliment me on all the energy I had last year to not only write and promote my books, but the reading and reviewing of indie books.  And that got me thinking.  She was right.
No, I didn’t write a kazillon books in one year.  But I did do what I wanted.  My goal was to promote fellow indie authors.  And that’s just what I did.  I started my blog on Blogger, but as it grew, I didn’t like the way it looked, so I revamped it.  But I still wasn’t happy, as Blogger inflates the hits to our sites, and I just couldn’t get the followers  Only one in 1 1/2 years.  Not good stats.  So, I switched everything over to WordPress and I now have 69 followers.
But it’s more than just my blog, it’s what I did with my blog.  I posted book reviews, author and character interviews, chapter excepts, and new releases.  These all take time to set-up and publish, usually two or more hours.  Like this post, for instance.  So, yes, I’m proud of what I did for my fellow indie authors last year.
That was just my blog.  What about my own books?  My writing? I hate to admit this, but when I published The Secret of Excalibur, I couldn’t afford to have it edited, so my publisher released it with a lot of errors. In April, I had it edited and I then sent my book to Readers’ Favorite, where it earned two 5 star reviews, plus one 4 star.  It also became an Amazon Bestseller, hitting #1 in it’s Arthurian category.  This book still sits in the top 100 list for that category.

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I also had it turned into audiobook format, narrated by the very talented Lynn Roberts.  He’s currently working on the audiobook for We Journey No More.

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Speaking of We Journey No More, that was published by Creativia in August.  I did submit it to Readers’ Favorite, and though it didn’t earn any 5 star reviews, it had three very solid 4 star ones.  It hasn’t hit the Amazon Bestseller spot YET, but it does go on promotion tomorrow.  So, I’m crossing my fingers and toes.  I just love this book cover.  Thank you, Creativia.

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I also re-did my book cover for It Lives in the Basement, and had this one edited too.  After that, I sent it to Readers’ Favorite, where it earned two very fabulous 5 star reviews.  I self-published this book, and I just don’t have the marketing skills required to get it noticed.  So, I sent it to my publisher to see if they will re-publish under their name.  I should be hearing back from them next week.  I hope.

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Back in November, I was approached about contributing a short story for a Christmas anthology.  Bob had no short Christmas stories, and I really wanted to prove that, Yes, I am a writer, so I went to bed, telling myself to wake up with a story.  And I did.  Silent Night is my contribution to Mistletoe Magic, which is free and can be enjoyed no matter what time of the year.

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Bear in mind, I also work a full-time job, which are 10 hour days, plus my bus trip.  Fun, fun.
So, my goals for this year?  To finish the second book of my Excalibur series.  I want it ready for publication by the end of February, if not sooner.  Hopefully have the 3rd one done by the end of the year.  Get all my short stories into a free anthology, work at different marketing strategies, finish learning Photoshop, and most of all, keep promoting indie authors.
Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year, and I hope you meet all your goals.  Smile

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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