Thursday Thirteen #28 - 13 Things I've Accomplished In 2007
It took me a long time to think of a topic today. Hopefully, I have 13 things to tell you about this time around... :P
13 Things I've Accomplished in 2007
1.) I celebrated the release of *8* books through both Champagne and Samhain Publishing. While that sounds like a problem any aspiring author would love to have, believe me, it was hell trying to promote them while going on vacations, schooling the kids, doing errands, and trying to keep the house tidy while putting food on the table. ACK!
2.) I wrote (or finished) 5 books. The books I wrote from start to finish in 2007 are: HIGH NOON, TOMB, & NATURE OF THE B*E*A*S*T. The books I merely finished this year are THE WOLVERINE AND THE FLAME and PROMISE ME FOREVER.
3.) I believe I doubled, if not tripled, my reading audience (the fans). Woohoo! :)
4.) I landed a contract with Cobblestone Press for their Vampire Oracle continuity series with TOMB.
5.) I "came out" to my community after I became a quasi-local celebrity after my name and picture were in the paper, the Hillsboro Argus, not to mention landing a guest spot on a local talk radio show. Now, the people I see at the grocery store, my kids' karate dojo, and my neighbors know I'm a romance author. :P
6.) I made a lot of new friends through venues like MySpace and Gather.com that I wouldn't have made otherwise, such as authors Paula Quinn and Dean Koontz. (Yes, I've actually had a conversation with these people. lol, not just random MySpace friends.)
7.) I doubled the amount of members on my author loop, The Magic of Romance.
8.) I doubled the amount of members on my newsletter loop, Rebecca Goings Newsletter.
9.) I doubled the amount of books in my backlist.
10.) I managed to make Becka's Babble a somewhat successful blog with an average of about 25 visitors a day. Not wonderful, but it doesn't suck, either. :P
11.) I won the 2006 Author of the Year Award from Champagne Books - true, it was an award for the previous year, but I WON it in 2007. :D
12.) HIGH NOON made a brief appearance on Samhain Publishing's "My Bookstore and More" eBook store's Top 10 Best Sellers for the last week of Nov./first week of Dec. 2007. I think it made it all the way up to #8. At such a large house like Samhain, I was thrilled to be in the top 10 best sellers!
13.) I landed the cover feature for first issue of The Brass Spectacle, a new magazine that will specifically highlight the eBook industry (which you can see if you follow the link to their website). True, the first issue won't "hit stands" until March of 2008, however, they are already marketing the issue and I've already sent them an article and an interview to be published. The cool thing about it all? I didn't even ask to be featured. THEY approached ME. Does that mean I've "made it" as an author? One can only hope... :)