Wednesday, 28 December 2011

A Daggy New Year to All

Well can you believe it? 2011 is almost over.

And what an amazing year it's been. Hard to believe that this time last year:
  • I'd never self-published a book.
  • I didn't even own a kindle.
  • I'd never been on Twitter or Facebook. I hadn't even heard of Goodreads.
  • I certainly had no plans to start up a blog. 
And now, a year down the track, here's what has happened:
  • Not only did I self-publish an ebook. I did it twice.
  • I read more books on my kindle than I do otherwise
  • I've met an amazing group of fellow writers and reviewers out in the world of social media
  • I've had my blog going for around seven months now. Even managed to pick up a few followers on the way.
On the way, I've had some amazing experiences. Seeing my books start to sell out in the big wide world has been amazing. Discovering readers out there who really enjoy my writing and seeing the great reviews for both Doodling and Flidderbugs out in the blogosphere and on my Amazon pages. And getting nominated for the Goodreads Choice awards, which certainly was a most unexpected pleasure. Seeing my book alongside those by people like Tina Fey and Ellen deGeneres was seriously exciting.
Now I've got even bigger plans for 2012. I'm hoping to have my first novel, Magnus Opum, released early in the new year. This will hopefully be followed by a sequel to Doodling, with the tentative title Scribbling (makes perfect sense). I'm well on the way to a completed first draft, but it's going to need a bit of work to get it up to scratch.
But what I'm really looking forward to is my first blog tour. It's tentatively scheduled for March so make sure you stay in touch. It should be a whole lot of daggy fun.
So, as the year winds down, I'd like to wish all my friends, readers and followers (I know you're out there) a safe, joyful and completely daggy new year, and hope 2012 brings all that you wish it to.