goals 2017

August Wrap Up

How is it the end of August already? What happened?

  1. Send out at least 1 query every week
    I did not send out any queries in July or August. I was completely swamped in July, and in August I entered #Pitchwars on Twitter. While outstanding queries are okay. it is against the rules to actively query during the contest.
  2. Release The Spider’s Web on Amazon
  3. Reduce the yarn stash by 50%
    Nope. Knitting was minimal. Hoping to correct that soon.
  4. Save for the moving
    Things are really hard right now. We did have an angel of mercy appear to ensure we could make rent this month, but next month is still questionable.
  5. Read all the books on the night stand
    4 down, 24 to go.
  6. Read at least 20% diverse books
    I only read 2 diverse books in August. I need to get better at picking diverse books, but I tend to read whatever I’m in the mood for, and lately that’s been urban fantasy–which is dominated by white characters and white authors.


The Books:

37) Write your marketing strategy by CT Luna N
38) Awaken by Skye Malone
39) The Possibility Dogs by Susanna Charelston ND
40) Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
41) Beautiful Demons by Sarrah Cannon
42) Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
43) The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport ND
44) America’s Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis N
45) Supercharge your Kindle Sales by Nick Stephenson N
46) Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
47) Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill

I finally made a dent in my Goodreads challenge for the year–I’m only behind by single digits now. I’ve been hovering around 11-12 books behind since about February, so it’s nice to have a more manageable number.

Highlights this month–As you can see, I’ve really gotten into Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. I’ve also really been loving my nonfiction picks this month, especially The Possibility Dogs and America’s Hidden History. I love Susanna Charelston’s books. She writes about working dogs and training, and they are fabulous books where the dog doesn’t die at the end. There is pet death covered in her books, but it’s never the “main” dog the book focuses on. If you are interested in the current political climate, particularly racial tensions, America’s Hidden History does a wonderful job of destroying your childhood ideals of patriotism, and highlighting the erasure of people of color in pre-revolutionary America.

ferrymensmallMy Books:

THE FERRYMEN will be out on September 5, and there will be a sock pattern to go with it! More details coming next week.

In addition, you can now sign up for my mailing list, which will be a monthly or once every other month digest of current happenings, releases, giveaways, contests, etc, as well as exclusive content. Subscribers will also be the first to hear about release dates and cover art. I am planning a book giveaway for later in the year that is just for subscribers, so make sure to sign up!

I’ve also added Pinterest boards for my books, so you can see some of the inspiration behind my latest projects. I’ve got one for Evie, but I’m particularly fond of the one for ALL FOR ONE. They’re both constantly evolving, so you might want to check back in a few weeks to see how they’ve changed!


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