It's been just over a year since my first book was published. At first everything was so exciting!
Books were selling better than I had ever hoped for, I was being interviewed on television and having professional head shots made by a professional photographer ( no more selfies, this was the big time baby!)
Then, as was to be expected, the hype died down a bit. About once a month I was asked to do an interview or podcast. My monthly sales were erratic. Some months I'd sell a shockingly high number of books, other months I'd squeak by with one or two sales.
Now, to be sure I'm not being all negative, I have surpassed every sales goal I set for myself. I have reached audiences I never expected and had my essays published in big-time places like YAHOO! and Dr. Oz.
And, again to spotlight the positive, the money earned from book sales this past year is paying for a mini vacation for me and the kids this week. That's a very good positive!
It's been a good writing year!
But... it's been a slow past few months.
It started with taking on a temporary yet crappy overnight job which left me exhausted and in a perpetual bad mood. Finally I was offered more hours at my day job that I love and even though I gave up the crappy night job, my writing didn't pick up as much as I'd hoped.
A few interview possibilities I had hoped for fell through and a few pitches to other outlets were rejected.
So, basically, crickets.
I know this is normal. It is normal, right?
And I know the solution is to sit my butt down and get back to writing regularly. That is the solution, right?
And... I just looked and it's been a month since my last post.
OK, I need to shoo these crickets away and get busy again!