Guess what? I WON NANOWRIMO THIS YEAR!!!
That makes it five years in a row! WOOHOO!
The only thing is that I was a sort of rebel this year. I started off by working on Red, a story in the Coming from Darkness series that I've been wanting to write. But, when I finished red, it only had 30000+ words. So I turned to another story that it's in the revising queue and started revising/rewriting that, and managed to hit my word count.
I'm actually really happy about that, since I had a very slow start this year (I barely wrote while I was volunteering for the Saga International Balloon Fiesta.
Writing Goals for 2016:
Publish Beauty's Daughter, which is the sequel to The Nutcracker King (if possible, I want to finish the second draft/main rewrite by this year!)
Done! I totally forgot to do an October Update, but this is what I finished in October, marking the completion of all my writing goals for 2016. I guess now I just have to think of what I want to do for 2017!
2.5 Finish the second draft of The Goblin Apple by the end of the year.
3. Publish one of the short story collections at 0.99.
4. Finish Mi & You, this WIP that's been a WIP for the last few years.
Decide what I want to do with Free of Heart (this year's NaNo). If I decide to publish, I want to finish the second draft by the end of 2016 as well. Finish the rewrite of Heart-less (previously Free of Heart)
I tried out Instafreebie, a website that lets you giveaway copies of your book and get people onto your mailing list. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a screenshot of the graph before my premium account expired, so I can't share that with you.
But what I do know is that over the course of one month, I gave away 582 copies of The Nutcracker King and added about 70 people to my mailing list (I didn't want to force people onto my mailing list, because I figured that all the uninterested people will just unsubscribe anyway. But I may be wrong). That's about a 12% signup percentage (with one person unsubscribing so far), and again, I'm not sure if it's good or bad since I don't have anything to compare it to. So consider this just a report, rather than an analysis.
Most of my giveaways occurred because I was in a promotion with a few other authors, so group promotions really do seem to work. Without them, I was giving away only about 4 or 5 copies a day.
Like I mentioned two paragraphs ago, I gave away The Nutcracker King, which is supposed to be first in the Coming from Darkness series. As of today, though, I haven't made any sales of Book 2 - Beauty's Daughter, but I don't know if it's because the story isn't good, or if the preview of Beauty's Daughter isn't good, or if people just haven't finished reading it yet. I suppose I'll have to wait a while before I find out.
My December will mostly be writing/revision, but I will probably be posting when it's my one year publishing anniversary, just to see how much (or little) progress I've made.