Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

status update

2016 was both an amazing and difficult year for me. I know I’m not alone in this. Some days it seems like this year just keeps taking from us. I have also been through some very difficult things personally, which hasn’t helped any.

But it hasn’t been all bad. I think my own biggest achievement this year was that while going through those tough personal times, I published 2 books and 2 novellas in a 4 month period!

I’m very grateful for those that have supported me along the way in realising my dream. It’s been very special to me.

Next year will bring many changes for me – mostly for the good, but some bittersweet. And I have big plans!

I’m hoping to finish the Soldiering On series by the end of next year. That will mean releasing 3 books – Zack’s, Sam’s and then Duncan and Mandy’s. Destiny’s book will likely happen in 2018. I’m well on the way to getting through Zack’s book. Despite some setbacks, I’m still hoping for a February release date, but it may end up being pushed to March. We’ll have to see.

In time for that release, I also hope to release Soldiering On, Station Alpha, and Guarding Sierra as a boxed set!

I will also try my hand at some contemporary romance next year! I have a lot of stories ready to write in that genre, so am really excited about the new challenges this will mean. I hope to have some exciting news in this regard in the next few months.

Audio is also on my list of things to do. Alas, ACX (the Kindle/Createspace equivalent for Audiobooks through Amazon) is not available for Australians, but I’m going to try to find another way. I want to make my books as accessible as possible, and available in as many formats as I can. It’s smart business, as well as being fair to people who are hard of hearing and may wish to experience my book. And since people ask, God no I will not be recording it myself. Are you nuts?

Since no one has shown any interest in the print copies of my books, I’ll have to delay the audio editions for some time, but it is definitely on my list of things to do! If not late in 2017, then hopefully 2018.

I’d also like to blog more. I’m thinking of starting up a book club/reading challenge, which will result in me doing a book review on my blog each month. I hope that people will join me in this! I’ll have more information about my plans in the next few days, so keep an eye out!

I will also be leaving Doha early next year. It has been my home for two years now, and so it will be a bittersweet exit. I’ll miss my job and the friends I’ve made here, but I am so unbelievably happy to be going home. (At least until I get itchy feet again!)

What are your plans for next year? I won’t call them Resolutions, because they are too easy to break. But it’s still nice to set goals and work towards them, even if plans have to change. I’d love to hear about what you want to do in the next year.

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