Author E. L. Scott has been through a lot this past year. Due to narrowing my niche, I unpublished The Warlock Murders series and The Owl Flight series. There was initial fear in having fewer books published, but when I look over my author brand, I feel more confident in it.
That means, the most important goal I want to accomplish this year is completing The Hidden series with Book 5: Zoe’s Secret, which is scheduled to be published on July 1, 2018.
The next exciting thing that’ll be launched the same time as Zoe’s Secret is a printed edition of all five books! I really wanted to wait until all five were released before moving into print editions. The same cover designer who worked on the covers of the ebooks will be designing the printed covers as well, and I can’t wait!
This year, I also want to finish writing my “prophecy” work in progress and write another novel. I have this medieval vampire idea I’ve been playing with for a while, so I would love to write it before the year end, but in another major change for my business, I won’t be self-publishing either one of these until I am able to make a profit from The Hidden or earn enough money to pay for a quality editor and designer.
It’s never fun to admit, but as it stands, my work as an author is less of a “job” and more of an expensive hobby. I love what I do, but to get a polished book into your hands costs a lot of money. I’ll keep writing stories, but I may have to look at traditional publishing options in the future.
And even though I’ll be cutting back on publishing books (Zoe’s Secret is the only book planned to come out this year), I want to keep giving to my readers, so I’ll be adding more to the Reader Library all year long, starting this month! I just sent my VIP Readers a sneak peek of this, but in a couple of weeks, these new bookworm goodies will be available in the reader library.
Lastly, I want to stay in love with storytelling. The joy I get from writing should always come first. I struggled a bit with this in 2017, so I’m making it a priority to keep my focus on “is this story bringing me joy?” in 2018.
Now I want to hear from you! Comment and tell me what your top three goals are for this year.
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