These are my updates and plans so far for the year. I've put the sadder things earlier and the happier things later, but overall I'm doing okay. I've been given a Playstation Plus subscription, which has made a lot of difference. I've been playing my free games and generally trying to not think too much about things. I also have a trip planned to see a friend later in the year, so there are positive things to focus on.
But there are still some less great things, so let's get going...
I don't believe anyone's noticed, but I've deleted most of my old blog posts. In the past, I coped with the negative responses I got to blogging because I was reasonably secure in other ways. I had savings and things were going okay. Now that isn't the case, things have been more unsettled for me, so it's been harder to cope with the responses. If I had a support network in the community, I might still be okay. But as it is, whenever a blog post gets linked around, I get a lot of hostility and have no one I can really talk to it about. Family might be sympathetic, but as they aren't in the community, they don't really understand the specifics.
The result is things I've tried to do to take my mind off things have all crumbled when I come online, because there will be another hostile comment waiting for me. I tried to deal with it by not writing new things, but this didn't work, leaving deletion as the only option I had left.
I've also deleted most pictures of me. I gave it a go for a few years as people said they just wanted a name to a face, but that was unfortunately not true in a lot of cases. The pictures were used to judge me in a negative way. Bond with the blue mushroom instead. It almost looks like a face if you squint.
This also means I won't be putting out the blog book. I'm just not in a position where I can weather the storm it'd produce. Maybe in twenty years things will be settled, but I have to acknowledge that it's not going to happen anytime soon.
I've said before that I wanted to review more things, as I felt reviews were one way I could promote stuff (and reviews mostly get a positive response, which makes a nice change). To continue this, I've put copies of the old reviews from this blog (including comments) on a new blog. I'm also slowly moving over copies of my Goodreads reviews. Future book reviews will go on the blog and Goodreads.
I'm also officially open to review requests. Don't self-reject on those requests, as the worst I'll do is not reply. You don't lose anything by sending a request. (I've actually always had some review requests, so having a policy on it makes sense... it means I can set what I take and how/if I reply.)
One of the things I've had to decide is what to do about novels. From a business perspective, writing a sequel for a book that isn't selling is a terrible idea. But I know I won't feel happy if I keep delaying Sunstruck's sequel, so I will be writing it after the cozy mystery. And then hopefully writing the cozy's sequel.
After that, I'll need to do something else if they still aren't selling. Probably standalones in different genres to see what sticks. But I'll feel better knowing each series has two books before taking a break from them.
I've had some questions about books in print. I do intend to do this, but it's going to be slow. I'm aiming for a print Sunstruck by the end of 2015, and Rainbow Lights after that (the print Rainbow Lights will be illustrated, so it will take longer). One of the reasons for slowness is I can't afford copyeditors, so I'm doing several more editing passes on Sunstruck to get it as near correct as I can.
On that note...
Sunstruck Amazon Update
There's a new version of Sunstruck available on Amazon. New as in it has some small corrections, not that it's majorly different. I've realised a lot of people don't know how to update their books, so here's a brief guide if anyone would like to update their copy.
Optional step: if you write notes, highlight sections, and all that annotation stuff, you need to make sure your device is set to back them up. Amazon will warn you of this when you try to update. This is set on the device, not on your account as a whole.
1. Sign in to your Amazon account.
2. Hover the cursor over "Your Account" to get the dropdown menu. Select "Manage Your Content and Devices".
3. It might make you sign in again. Amazon is like that.
4. On the "Your Content" tab of this page, there will be a list of all the ebooks you've bought. If an update is available, it will have a button to the right of the title saying "Update Available". Click the button and agree to it!
If you've not done this before you might have a lot of updates waiting for you. If you have no updates and you've never done it before, it's possible you've got updates set to automatic. Update all the books!