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It's March! To me, the month of March has always been that month of transition. Where Old Man Winter might sucker punch us here in the Midwest one day, and then Spring tries to tease us with temps in the 50s the next. March is also the end of the first quarter, from a business standpoint, so it's a good time to reflect on how the firs 25% of 2015 has been shaping up.
Luckily, nothing catastrophic has happened to make me go into full-blown meltdown mode.
Thinking about the first quarter of 2015, I'm still bothered by the little things not going my way and filling me with doubt and insecurity. These little things do tend to add up.
* My sales continues to barely make a blip. I now have four books out. Two from my steampunk series, and another two from my teen paranormal/thriller series with Quixotic Publishing. Overall, sales have been almost non-existent in 2015
* My beta readers are dropping like flies. I was hoping to get feedback from all my betas by now, but I've only received one. Life happens, and I'm not sure if they rest are going to be able to help me with my third book.
* I have my first author event in a little over a month. This event was my very first show EVER last year, and it was a lot of fun. I learned a lot. My sales didn't cover my cost of driving to Indiana, my hotel room, or other expenses, but I needed that experience. But this year, I'm wondering if I'll experience dismal sales yet again.
* Where's my muse. Anybody seen her? I haven't written anything new since January.
* Wizard World Comic Con is a huge event here in St. Louis. The cost of an author/artist table is $325. Yikes!!! A couple of authors said it's a good event, but it's a big gamble.
* My official author website has been up and running for about seven months. I've gotten good feedback from people who visited. Yet, I hardly get visitors that aren't from Russia trying to hack it. Thank you Google Analytics for letting me know that, by the way.
So yeah, these little things are like tiny needles poking me. Not enough to kill me, yet enough to draw blood. My first year as a full-fledged author was filled with so many highs and lows, and my second year hasn't started out with much of a bang.
It's been more of a whimper.