Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January 2015 - First IWSG Post of the New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. For me, January always seems to really drag. Maybe
it's because I'm so busy from November through the end of the year. Plus, the Arctic Blast we're getting here in the Midwest isn't helping.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group just keeps growing, so it's probably a good idea to introduce myself to our newest members. Couple quick hits:

1) I write science fiction and young adult paranormal novels
2) Blogging is a part of my life, and it has been so for going on ten years now
3) My day job consists of me talking to doctors and clinical staff. Since I spend a lot of time in waiting rooms, I've become a germaphobe
4) I love the 80s
5) I'm a better editor than I am a writer. I'm armed with a degree in English and a red pen

I love the IWSG. It gives me a chance to really vent. And I vent A LOT. I can be a big whiner.

Which leads me to January's IWSG topic: I'm pretty insecure about a lot heading into 2015. Last year was huge for me. I was finally published, I sold some books (I averaged 1.2 books sold per day from January - December), and I ran into the proverbial marketing brick wall.

So I'm trying some new things. Just the other day, I jumped into Kindle Select/Unlimited. I figured I've got nothing to lose. I haven't sold jack since the middle of December. And my sales on Nook Press and Smashwords (iTunes) has averaged about one sale per month. Yuck.

This year, I also plan to attend more cons and shows. I love them. For reals, this is my comfort zone.

In 2015, I will finish my first trilogy in my steampunk series, The Mechanica Wars. I plan on starting a new trilogy in the same world, but I've been writing about these characters since 2009. It will be weird moving on. And a little sad.

2015 will be the year of stepping into the unknown. Tweaking (not twerking), changing, and experimenting. My goal by the end of this year is to have a total of seven books published. Right now, I stand at three. Yeah, I know. Crazy, right?

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This week marks the release of Outsider, the second book in Becca J. Campbell's New Adult Paranormal series Flawed. To celebrate, Becca is hosting a giveaway and a book sale!
The Prize Pack

The giveaway at the end of this post is for a prize pack that includes: one autographed paperback of Outsider, one 12" x 18" poster of the cover art, and two square collector's buttons (one of Empath and one of Outsider). Please note, this giveaway is open to those with an address in US or Canada.

The regular price of the Outsider eBook is $3.99, but for the first week, you can purchase a copy for only $2.99 (ends January 12th). On Jan. 13th, the price increases to $3.99, so make sure to get your copy now! Here are the purchase links:

Becca J. Campbell is the author of the Flawed series as well as Science Fiction
novels Foreign Identity and Gateway to Reality, and Sub-Normal, a series of short stories.
An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality, Becca looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity. You can find her on her Author BlogFacebookTwitterGoodreads, Pinterest, and Amazon.

Enter the Outsider prize pack giveaway below:
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If what you're doing no longer works, time to try something new! Hope that's the kick-start that your books need.
And it is odd to move on from characters that have been with your forever. I enjoyed taking on a new world and characters and I bet you will as well.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm at 10 years of blogging, too.

I used to get out to a lot more shows and book fairs and signings. I miss those.

Sarah Foster said...

Good luck with your goals. Hopefully doing Kindle unlimited will help boost your sales. I hate to let characters go, so even when the book is done, I'll write little pieces about them from time to time.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I sometimes think I actually get sick/sicker when I go to doctors' offices - the waiting rooms make the germaphobe in me cringe.

Good luck with all of your goals!

Pat Hatt said...

Glad no twerking is involved lol germaphobe works for us, ocd we are a tad here. Hopefully 2015 goes well indeed at your feed

Pat Dilloway said...

For a lot of indie authors I think KDP is better than Smashwords/B&N.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You have big plans and I'm betting on you. If you discover the secret to increasing sales, please share it.

Julie Flanders said...

Another 80s lover here. :)
Stepping into the unknown sounds exciting - here's to an awesome 2015.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I've been seeing the temperatures plummet in the midwest. It looks thoroughly miserable, so you have my sympathies. Congratulations on finishing your trilogy. I need to mine so inspiration to push myself to finish a book that I've been sitting on for some time. I think it'll happen soon.

David P. King said...

I can't wait to own every book in your trilogy. The first two look lonely on my bookshelf. Seven books? I think you can reach that. Wishing you a Happy New Year, Jay! :)

Anna Soliveres said...

LOL on your statement: "I can be a big whiner." I'm the same, mostly it's done in my car or in my bedroom, and to my loving boyfriend who doesn't begrudge me my tearful whining. I understand that Jan. can be a drag. I wish it were for me. I'm back to traveling for work and it's grueling.

Hope all is well! I have you Dragonfly Warrior on my TBR :) Pretty excited to read it!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I don't think those numbers are bad. If you think about it- a person a day takes a chance on you and spends hard earned money on your book. And that person will love it and tell a friend and pretty soon, you'll be selling books one a minute! And the cons are a great idea. You'll rock them!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Change is always good. Wow, seven book, huh? I wish you great success in finishing and publishing and selling!

Cynthia said...

Good luck with your writing goals this year, Jay.

I would've thought that frequent visits to hospitals for your work would make you less of a germaphobe, just because you'd imagine yourself building immunity to the germs around you. But a spray of hand sanitizer wouldn't hurt when you get back to your car, LOL.

Emily R. King said...

I look forward to the conclusion of your steampunk series, Jay! Here's to a prosperous 2015!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

good luck with all your goals, here's hoping 2015 is wonderful for you!

Mr. Shife said...

Good luck Jay. I hope you accomplish everything you want in 2015. Take care buddy.

Cherie Reich said...

Good luck with everything, Jay! Four more books is definitely doable.

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