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Accountability. Or, “What the Heck Have I Been Doing For 5 Years?”

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Any of you who are on Facebook are familiar with those historical flashbacks. Sometimes the app gives you a memory you want, like an anniversary of friendship or that good news post you put up. Other times, it’s for something you want to forget.

I had a good one yesterday. Here it is:

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This was written after I’d attended an author event—the final Utopia. At that time, I had three books published and one being released a month later.

So how did I do?

Let’s start with the fourth one. My goal was three books in five years for Nadirah Foxx. Since this posting, I have actually released five books on my own, three with other publishers, and I wrote another with a group of other authors. I think I crushed that goal.

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Next. Offering services to other authors. Anyone familiar with…

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I do proofreading and line editing! My list of clients is growing. I’ll count this as a win too!

Time for Item Number Two…

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When I first envisioned The BlackGuard Society, I thought of novellas—no longer than 40,000 words each. I also had a different image in mind for the covers. Well, things happened. I wrote the first book, Blood Vendetta, and it wouldn’t fit in 40,000 words. Then, I realized that with the cover artist I chose, I’d need either a great influx of cash or I’d have to stretch the series out.

Book Two is drafted and waiting to be revised. If things work out, it’ll release in November. But if the pandemic doesn’t permit my husband to go back to work soon, Cold-Blooded will come out early in 2021. I have Book Three, Blood Fury, planned for September 2021.

The second half of that goal was to publish at least THREE more books in five years. Let’s see how I did…

Not pictured: Something More (Another Falls Creek Romance, #4), Blessed Hearts (Hearts Duology, #2), Hallowed Hearts (A Christmas Hearts Novella), Blood Vendetta (The BlackGuard Society, #1) and The Alliance Chronicles (Release, Rebel, Restore, and …

Not pictured: Something More (Another Falls Creek Romance, #4), Blessed Hearts (Hearts Duology, #2), Hallowed Hearts (A Christmas Hearts Novella), Blood Vendetta (The BlackGuard Society, #1) and The Alliance Chronicles (Release, Rebel, Restore, and Renegade).

If I counted right, that’s seventeen books in five years! I think I crushed this one too.

The only goal not attained is the first one. When I made it, I was a bit short-sighted. A consistent income requires consistent marketing and promotion—something I slack at. Believe it or not, 2020 was the year I planned to get better at the M & P. Then COVID-19 put the brakes on everything.

All in all, however, I think I did good. Those were awesome goals for five years. My next five? I’m not putting out any numbers, but I want to build up readership. I want to give you guys the books you want to read AND review (this has been problematic).

You can keep me accountable. How? Read a book and put up a review. It doesn’t have to be long. Only thing you have to do is be honest. Want to let me know how you feel about something you read? Drop me a line. I promise to read it and respond.

I’m looking forward to another five years of delivering great, diverse romance and fantasy stories.

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