This is just a quick note to say that I will be taking a break from blogging, not that I have been the most prolific blogger over the last year anyway.
I will be doing my best to avoid obsessively checking my book sales, kindle unlimited pages read, reviews and all forms of social media. This will be cold turkey for me and I expect tears and tantrums!
I haven’t written properly for months, so starting now I have to commit to finishing The Sentinel’s Alliance and getting a publication date set for this year. I also have to prepare for the Winchester Festival and perfect my first chapter and synopsis, plus I have been speaking with a narrator regarding the possibility of producing an audiobook for Visions of Zarua! I feel like I have so much going on that I need to step back and just focus on the writing.
I will be back in April with some books reviews, and hopefully more news on the book front.
Please message me if you want to get in touch and I will respond as soon as I can.
The picture below is where I need to be in my head, writing until my fingers bleed!
Suzanne Rogerson – Author of heroically epic fantasy
I have lots of plans for 2019 but the biggest and most important has to be completing the Silence Sea Chronicles trilogy and publishing book 3!
For the next few months I will focus purely on this trilogy, which will consist of:
Reading and making notes on The Lost Sentinel – book 1
Reading and making notes on The Sentinel’s Reign – book 2
Reading the draft of The Sentinel’s Alliance – book 3
Completing the draft of book 3 as per my outline and notes.
When the draft is completed and ready for my beta readers I want to focus on the map of the Silent Sea. At some point I plan to commission someone to produce a map but I’ve decided it’s more important to finish the books first.
Any advice you can give about map making would be gratefully received!
Once the book is edited etc, there will be all the usual jobs involved in publishing a new book.
Future writing plans in 2019
I like to set out some of my goals for the year, even though I know I probably won’t have time for everything. It feels good to have a record and I love to tick things off a list!
Write the prequel to Silent Sea Chronicles
Release all four books in the Silence Sea Chronicles as a box set
Republish all my paperbacks with ISBN’s and through a publisher Waterstones recognises.
Approach indie bookshops as well.
Keep trying to get my books into the libraries.
Read ‘Writing Short Stories to promote your novel’ by Rayne Hall and action what I learn.
Re-read the 72k partly written novel I am desperate to finish and actually finish it!
Outline and draft the novella prequel to the above novel using the techniques I’ve learnt from Couch to 50k and Take off your pants – See below.
Other writing related plans
Review Couch to 50K by Rachel Tonks Hill once I have used the technique and discuss if it helped my writing.
Review Take off your pants by Libbie Hawker once I’ve used the outlining techniques for some novel ideas. (By the way I chose this as my favourite writer’s guide of 2018 in this post.)
Review ‘Writing Short Stories to promote your novels’ by Rayne Hall, as previously mentioned.
Embrace my self publishing journey by
Contacting more reviewers
Organising a blog tour for the release of book 3
Buy KDP Rocket and use it to help with my book categories, keywords, ads etc.
Work on getting audiobooks produced for all my books.
Create a landing page on my website
Decide if I’m ready to set up a mailing list / newsletter
Go to writing events including Winchester and Gollancz scifi / fantasy.
Non writing plans for 2019
Find a way to get more sleep.
Fit in some exercise as often as possible.
Get out with the family more.
Read what I feel like reading without pressure as per my reading goals posted here.
Fall in love with my garden again
Be more adventurous cooking
That’s about all I can think of for now. I like to review my goals every quarter or mid-year, so it will be interesting to see how far I get with this list. As I stated at the start, the most important thing is working on book 3. Anything else will be a bonus!
Happy new year to you all and good luck with your own goals whatever they might be.
Hi everyone. This is just a quick note to say that I am taking a short break from blogging and social media. I feel it’s time to focus all my attention on The Sentinel’s Alliance – book 3 in the Silent Sea Chronicles. I need space away from technology and want to fill my time instead with pen, paper and lots of inspiration. Soon I’m off to Shakespeare country and hope to pick up some of the bard’s vibes.
I will still be popping up on other people’s blogs from time to time and, though I am trying to ban myself from looking at the computer as much as possible I will still reply to all messages, review requests and comments so please keep in touch.