Moving toward a new year always make me take stock of the twelve months behind me. In this case it also happens to be the first year of my self-publishing journey. So I find myself thinking about what I’ve done, haven’t done, might have done, what worked, what didn’t. And two things strike me the most.
One is the incredible learning curve I’ve been traveling on. (And still am!) I had been traditionally published, so some things like Facebook and cross-promotion were not new to me. But I had never used Twitter or Kindleboards, knew diddly about Amazon’s algorithms, or building my own website on WordPress. And the word “marketing” referred to going to the grocery store. Now it’s about books covers and pricing and promotional tools and events.
The second thing that struck me, especially in the wake of Friday’s tragedy, is the number of cyber-friends I have and how grateful I am to them. A year ago I did not even know most of their names, except for D.D., whom I met through the RWA Chick Lit Chapter back when. She not only convinced me to try the Indie route, but also has been a constant source of knowledge and inspiration to me. Thanks, Girlfriend!
Who knew forming the WG2E Street Team would give me a cherished cyber-family, complete with LOL discussions that can turn any problem into a yock? I’m also grateful to my circle of friends at IBC and IRInk. All of you turn the techno gray of the Net into a warm and wonderful place of support, motivation and sharing.
And to celebrate the completion of our first Indie Epublishing year, Roy and I just released our first boxed set. The Dance ‘n’ Luv Contemporary Romance Boxed Set of three novels and one short story.
So tell me, WG2E-Land Peeps, how was your 2012? Accomplishments? Things you’re grateful for? Things you learned? Things you swear you’ll never do again?
The best of WG2E year-long wishes —Alicia Street
Alicia Street is the author of Kiss Me, Dancer, Touch Me and Tango, Snow Dance , Stars Love and Pirouettes , Dance ‘n’ Luv Boxed Set , and Aphrodisiac. Alicia is proud to be a part of the WG2E family. Connect with Alicia at her website and on Facebook.