As 2017 comes to a close it’s always good to take a look back the year.
My website underwent some changes. The biggest was the look of the site. I went with a new theme that featured a book front and center with character information. Another change was the inclusion of theme days: Marvelous Mondays, Teasing Tuesdays, Author Spotlight Wednesday (not a change), Book Trailer Fridays (not a change), Story Time Saturdays and Soul of a Writer Sundays.
- New Look on the Website? Yay!
- Theme Day Posts? 50-50. Some subscribers liked them and some didn’t. The change in posting style didn’t resonate with a lot of people (outside of the book trailers and author spotlights).
Another big change for me in 2017 was the absence of regular reviews. Being a blogger was how I got my start. In 2015, I was cranking out reviews left and right. Once I started publishing in 2016, I scaled back. This year, however, I really had to stop taking requests. I’m still reading, but it’s very difficult to commit to reviews and be productive writing.
Something that hasn’t been very fruitful (so far) has been the newsletter. I’m still trying to find a format that readers enjoy. I don’t believe in spamming subscribers so there has never been weekly newsletters, but monthly ones didn’t go over well either. If you have a suggestion or something YOU’D want in a newsletter from me, let me know. Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d rather give you something you want to read than something you send straight to the trash.
New for 2017 is my reader’s group on Facebook. SF’s Sensational Readers has 104 members. It includes a few authors and readers I’ve met at book signings. It’s a great way to keep up with what I’m doing: WIP sneak peeks, teasers, events, etc.
In October I had a successful author/reader event. My paranormal blog hop was a fun way for readers to meet new authors and check out authors not new to them. I look forward to repeating this event in 2018.
Business wise, I added an Author Service department. The first service to be offered was Proofreading. This was a successful venture. I’m looking to add either formatting or developmental editing in 2018.
All in all, 2017 has been a busy and productive year. I’ve learned a lot and hope to continue learning about this wonderful business of publishing and writing in 2018.
See you on the flip side.