Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Missed by That Much (#IWSG September 2023)

I was really hoping to have an update today that the first draft of Gale Harbour Book 3 was complete. Alas, it was not meant to be. I'm close, I have about 1.5 chapters to go, but I couldn't get it finished by this weekend as I had secretly hoped to. That's okay. It's been a crazy year and the fact that I've gotten this close is still really good. Just another week or two to the finish line...

Strangely, I had steady sales and page reads on all my books last month. I usually get a sale or two here or there, but August showed a noticeable (though still small) spike. There were page reads every day, on all of my books no less! It was probably just a fluke, and I have no idea what caused it, but it's really making me want to finish book 3 so I can get it out there and get back to marketing and pushing the completed trilogy.

Hopefully it's better than the end of this trilogy.

September Question: The IWSG celebrates 12 years today! When did you discover the IWSG, how do you connect, and how has it helped you? 

That's easy. I discovered the IWSG in April 2015, while I was doing the A-to-Z Blog Challenge. That was the year I made the stupid and arrogant decision to write about characters from unpublished stories in the Closet. Who the hell wants to read about characters no one has ever heard of, from an unpublished writer? Someone must have, because it was in the comments in one of those posts that someone suggested I check out the IWSG. I apologize that I don't remember who it was (all of my blogger comments got deleted a few years ago). 

My first IWSG post was May 6, 2015, which was my 35th birthday, and the date I officially hit "publish" on my first book. It was a big day. I haven't looked back since. Of course, I've only published four books in that time (with a fifth coming soon!), but I've hardly missed an IWSG. 

The IWSG has helped me by becoming my first writer's network. It has helped by providing supportive comments during hard times, helped in promoting my books and writing, and hell, many of the members have bought my books! It's introduced me to some of my favourite writers, too.

That's it for me today. Gotta get back and finish that manuscript!

Hugs & kisses,

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  1. Sorry you didn't finish your first draft, but you're so close to being done. And glad to hear you had a good sales month. It's awesome that you joined the IWSG on your birthday. I can't remember the year I joined, but it was 2015 or later.

  2. Hello! Happy IWSG Day! That was an interesting story about your A to Z theme and what ensued and how you got around to the group. I wish you all the best with your manuscript - you're almost there!

  3. Hopefully you get that finished soon. And any spike in sales is good and welcome.

  4. Your birthday and book published! What a great day for a first post.
    Awesome about the spike.

  5. You'll get those chapters done this weekend hopefully. Yay for sales! I'm happy for you!

  6. That's awesome that your first IWSG post fell on your birthday and the day you published your book!
    Good luck finishing your draft!

  7. I don't even check my sales every day anymore. It's almost depressing. They're good--never-great!

  8. You've had quite a run on pleasant surprises - yay, you! No wonder you're so encouraged. Hang tight to the enthusiasm and know we look forward to the finished product.

  9. That has to have topped the list for very nifty days. And that you've kept going is just gravy... but that is what we need to do. So here's to the last few pages of this new book and all that follows. and congrats on the steady sales too

  10. Congratulations on only 1.5 chapters left and the sales spike!


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