Saturday, January 02, 2016

Happy New Year!!! 2016!!!

Well, I've made it through another year. I can't believe 2015 is over. The year flashed by in a blink of the eye. It's gone. It's history. Kaput.

Sometimes, it's hard for me to realize that we're in the second decade of this new millennium. I recently read a post on Facebook, and the author used the term: at the turn of the century. When I first read it, I thought she meant 1900. But no, she was referring to 2000. 

Time is marching onward . . . whether I want it to or not.

I've been putting off writing this post. I'm having a bit of a tough time with time marching onward this year. I don't like change. In fact, I hate change. I like my comfort zone. I like my comfortable routine. I like the happy rut that I'm in. 

Maybe I'm having a midlife crisis. Trouble is, I'm past midlife. Maybe that's part of the problem.

Anyway, I'm in a blue funk as my mother would say. Gotta pull myself up by the bootstraps. Time to put my big girl panties on and face the world. But not quite yet. My new year is officially starting on Monday. A clean slate and all that.

This year, I'm not going to go back and see what I did and didn't accomplish on my New Year's Resolutions List for 2015. I know I didn't get as much done as I had wished for or planned. What's past is past.

So I've decided not to make any hard and fast resolutions for 2016. What I want to do is live my life with the attitude of gratitude and embrace the simple things in life. I want to enjoy my family and friends. Enjoy my lovely old house and the two acres James and I live on. And when the hustle and bustle of city life gets to be too much, I want to visit the family farm more often where I can renew my soul and immerse my psyche in the peaceful solitude of the rural countryside.

Of course, I want to get back to eating healthier and exercising more. Those are a given. But most of all, I want to find the joy in my writing again. I want to write for my own pleasure and entertainment, then publish my stories to share with readers around the world. What money I make will be icing on the cake.

No pressure. No worries. Just write and write some more.

Hey, what do you know? I think I'm feeling better already. My blue funk is slowly fading away. Maybe expressing my thoughts has helped me to see the New Year in a brighter way. Sometimes, change is good.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2016!!!

Anne Marie  :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

October Obsession BIAM Writathon #11!!!

Just a quick reminder that the Eleventh Annual October Obsession 2015 BIAM Writathon is starting October 1st. WooHoo!!!

Here's the information: Anne Marie's Writathons.

And here's where it's happening: AM's BIAM Facebook Group.  Email me for your very own special invitation.

Spread the word, clear your calendars, and prepare to WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, and WRITE SOME MORE!!!

Let's do this!!!

Anne Marie   :)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

My Indie Publishing Adventure Continues: Five Year Anniversary!!!

Wow. This month marks my five year anniversary as an Indie Author. It's hard to believe I've been self-publishing for that long. Five years. Half a decade. Just wow.

I've been rereading my past anniversary blogposts, smiling at the newbie enthusiasm, the milestones, the writerly moments; commiserating with the bad reviews, the not-so-happy downslides of sales and royalties. It's been a roller-coaster ride, that's for sure.

My sister calls the epublishing revolution: The Ebook Miracle. For years, she watched me submit manuscript after manuscript to editors and agents, only to receive rejections again and again. She said something to the effect: "If they're rejecting Anne Marie's books, there's no use for me to even try."

A sisterly compliment and tribute of the highest kind.  :)

Then in 2010, I got fed up with the whole traditional publishing/ small press routine, and that's when I discovered Kindle Direct Publishing. At long last, there was a way to publish my stories directly to readers. They would decide if my books were good enough. They were the gatekeepers, as they should have been all along. I no longer had to submit and beg for a crumb of attention or validation to this or that editor in New York City.

Readers buying and reading my books, propelling me onto the bestseller lists on Amazon, B&N and Apple gave me all the validation I needed.

And BOOM!!! The Ebook Miracle began.

I've been very lucky and blessed that my stories have found a readership. My sister is now writing and publishing, and she's also found a loyal and dedicated readership.

An Ebook Miracle for both of us indeed.

Rereading those past anniversary blogposts, I'm sad to find I no longer have that newbie enthusiasm. But after five years in this business, I'm a seasoned player. My enthusiasm waxes and wanes very much in sync with the roller-coaster ride of ups and downs that predominates Indie Publishing. As I've said before, it's not for the faint of heart.

This anniversary slipped quietly by with no fan-fare or big celebration. Looking back over the year, thinking I hadn't really accomplish that much, I was happily surprised to discover that I have published two novels, three short stories and one boxed set. Not bad by anyone's standards. Plus, I hosted my two annual BIAM Writathons. And the year's not over by a long shot.

When I'm feeling a little down, I remind myself that the Ebook Miracle makes it possible for me to live my dream: I write my books, I get to share my stories with readers, and I'm able to make a little dab of money from doing what I love. What could be better than that?

Happy Writing!!! Happy Reading!!! Happy Publishing!!!

Anne Marie  :)