2015 – A Year of Writing

 

Like many other writers, I enjoy turning a fresh page, whether it be reading, writing, or turning that page metaphorically. As we approach another year end / beginning, I’m taking a look back at my targets for 2015.

Firsts for 2015

I published A Taste of Honey in December 2014, so I was delighted to begin my new writing year with great reviews of my latest title.

In that happy frame of mind, I set myself the following aims:

1.  Update the ‘back pages’ information in all of my books.
2.  Read and review more work by the members of the IASD writing group.
3.  Step in quietly and offer assistance to new / novice writers wherever possible.
4.  Update my author website, creative writer and artist website, and this blog.
5.  Attempt a book or series for children.
6.  Write a new novel.
7.  Write a sequel to one of my present novels.
8.  Write another anthology of short stories.
9.  Work harder at my ongoing project of my fact-based fiction, coming-of-age story.
10. Work hard to make my blog topics interesting.

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How did I do with my ten general topics?

1.  I updated the information for the back pages of my published titles, and set out a standard document to make the process simpler as I moved forward.

2.  I read and reviewed 15 books in the IASD.

3.  I’ve given assistance to three novice authors directly from our group. At the time of writing I am editing a fellow writer’s debut novel. I’ll be formatting the finished manuscript, and producing the cover for him in 2016.

4.  I updated my two personal websites and my blog, and in an ongoing effort to streamline and improve them, I’ve gone on to overhaul my secondary website and this blog twice more within the past year.

5.  On my first attempt at writing for children, I failed on several levels, but rather than dwell on a specialised genre where I recognise I don’t belong, I decided to leave the genre to those who write it well.

6.  A fresh novel was beginning to look like another thriller, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and based on the success of my erotica anthology – I wrote a novel in the same genre.

In September, I published Give & Take: a Tale of Erotica.

7.  My first sequel saw the light of day, after a lot of procrastination, planning, and hard work – and then of course it was rewritten several times.

In November, I published Beyond The Law: Retribution.

8.  I started the year with three ideas for an anthology, and following the offer of including work by guest authors, the anthology was eventually created.

In December, I published, The Welcome: and other Sci-Fi stories, a collection of 15 stories, six of which are from guest authors.

9.  My fact-based fiction novel is now taking shape as my first attempt at a series. It is presently intended to be a five-part story. The first book is ready to be formatted.
A Life of Choice – Part One will be published on Amazon in January 2016.

10. I’ve written blog articles on marketing, blogging, writing anthologies, and a few other topics. My official followers have now risen to the dizzy heights of 170+.

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What else have I been up to?

writingmagazineI had an article in Writing Magazine in March, highlighting my writing successes to date.

I wrote Goals, a short story for the charity anthology, You’re Not Alone, being produced by Ian D Moore. Stories from 28 members of the IASD were included and it went live on Amazon in July. Book cover - You're Not Alone

I wrote Faith, Hope, and Charity, a short story for Holes, an IASD anthology produced by Eric Lahti, as a marketing tool for our members.

Holes snip

I wrote the poem Whisper Wood, for inclusion in a children’s anthology of stories and poetry being produced by Sylva Fae. The collection will be published in 2016.

I’ve been interviewed by Christoph Fischer, and had a Recommended Read award from Patrick (Max) Power.   Max Pwr Rec Read

Since October, I’ve been working hard on the IASD website with fellow Admin guys, Paul Ruddock and Ian D Moore. The restructuring is complete and the new, improved version of our website will be posted for public viewing in January, complete with our first Featured Author of 2016.

IASD - globe 2I’ve signed up to another couple of websites too, but whether they will prove useful in the long run is hard to predict.

My most recent trial has been signing up to BookLinker. This is a site where a regular Amazon URL can be transformed into a ‘universal’ link. I’ve been using the links on Facebook and I’ll be reporting my findings in January 2016.

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That’s about it for this year, so I’d like to say a sincere thank you to all who have played a part in my writing journey over the past 12 months, whether it be in buying my titles, reviewing, offering advice, reading my blog, or any number of other things.

Have a great end to the holiday season, thank you for checking out my scribbles again, and I’ll see you all in 2016 with a new set of projects.

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14 comments on “2015 – A Year of Writing

  1. Funnily enough, this blog post popped into my inbox as I was reviewing my own goals for 2015. I thought I’d done well until I read yours! What a great writing year you’ve had Tom. Congratulations. And not to mention the other activities, especially the work you’ve done for the IASD website. Plus I benefitted from your personal instruction in terms of getting my book links. Keep up the good work. I love following your blog. here’s to a productive 2016!

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    • Sincere thanks for the visit and the kind words Barbara. I’ve still got to produce an end of year post for the IASD website, but I’ll no doubt get onto that today.
      I hope you have a great reading and writing year ahead – and I know I will because I’ve got a couple of yours already on my TBR. 🙂

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  2. I am quite speechless, Tom. This is a staggering list of accomplishments. You have my utmost respect and admiration… Bravo to you, my friend! May 2016 prove at least as plentiful to you!

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  3. That’s an impressive list, Tom, made even more so by the fact you achieved it all. Not completing a children’s novel is by no means a failure – it just means you explored new paths and had the wisdom not to follow those that were, for you, dead ends.

    Wishing you continued success and fulfilment in 2016.

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    • Hi Julia. Thank you for the visit and the kind words. As I usually say, ‘it’s good to know what you’re good at, but it’s important to know what you’re not good at …’
      I hope to be seeing a new title from you in 2016. 🙂

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    • Thank you for the visit and the kind words Denise. There aren’t that many hours in the day – I make them up. 🙂
      Have a great when it comes calling.

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    • Thank you Eric. I put it down to my secret formula: early mornings, late nights, writing in my notebook whenever I stop for a coffee when out, and working on projects simultaneously. 😀
      Was it tiring? Of course it was – I’m going to sleep from the 1st – 4th Jan. 😀

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    • Hi Damyanti. Thank you for visiting and for the kind comment. If anybody knows about having achieved a lot in a year, I know you do. I’ve seen snippets of your activity all over the place so I know you’re as active as ever across the web, plus you have your recent success.
      Have a great year, and get into the swing of it early!. 🙂

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