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Sorry, it’s been a while. The past few months have been tough, at home and at work. The new baby is doing well, but he’s been quite the handful at home. And a few weeks after he was born, I was given a lot more responsibilities at work, which is a great thing…but not the best timing. I can’t think of a harder few months that I’ve had, at least for this stretch of time. Things are starting to ease up now. I’m starting to get a little piece of sanity back.
Until recently, I couldn’t concentrate enough for writing. My brain felt fried pretty much all the time. But instead of completely vegging out and doing nothing, I broke open my Kindle and did more reading. I thought long and hard about where I wanted to go next in my writing career. During this time of reflection and contemplation, I listened to a podcast interview that became immensely inspirational for me: The Author Biz #71: Interview with Annie Bellet. And I listened to it three times in the span of a week.
The Annie Bellet interview talks all about restarting your writing career when you feel like you have nowhere to go but up. She had been writing and releasing books for years, getting some fluctuating sales, and then reaching that pivotal moment when the sales dried up and making the conscious decision to start over. She decided to engineer a new series and wrote it to the market she was most interested in. She read a bunch of books in the genre she was going to write in and reverse outlined each one, finding the common elements and obligatory scenes readers of the genre expected to see.
I found the interview incredibly inspirational because I see my sales leveling out at zero. I am proud of my series, but it never found its audience. I think it’s an uphill battle trying to find that audience now. I felt like Annie was talking directly to me. And she provided more than just inspiration, but a plan of action–one that I am currently implementing. I have a lot of work to do as I get back into my writing, but I’m excited about the new direction I’m going in and the new series I’m outlining (and not the series I started writing in February). Persistence is key. If this new series doesn’t work, then I’ll try something else…