My 2020 Bookiversary

My first published book

October is the anniversary of publishing my first book. (The first book I published, not the first book I wrote—that was not fit for publication.) Believe it or not, that was back in 2013. I was dipping my toes into the publishing world to see whether it would be possible for me to write full time as my office job wound down in on a predicted five-year timeline. While I have continued to work that job up until now, I am now working from home and expect to claim the title of full-time writer in the new year, though I will continue to provide administrative support a few hours a week.

Top Fiction Award
In the Margins Committee

I have learned so much during this time. I have put in a lot of hours and unrelenting effort. I have published over sixty full-length books. For the last four years I have written a novel a month. I have written almost 1,000 blog posts. I have a mailing list of over 15,000 subscribers. I have won literary awards and this month held the #1 position in the entire Kindle free list for a day.

#1 Free Download in the Kindle Store

I have polished my writing craft and process. I have learned cover design, website design, html/css coding, and new marketing and advertising techniques. I have put in full-time hours writing and publishing while working a full-time office job and homeschooling.

I have commissioned foreign-language translations and audiobooks.

I have sold or given away almost a quarter of a million books. I hit the USA Today bestseller list. I have helped several other people publish their first books and have given and received so much advice in online forums. I’ve discovered my books in traveling collections and libraries.

Do No Harm hit the USA Today bestseller’s list

I have done presentations at conferences and schools. I have made many friends, both authors and readers. I’ve received the best emails from readers who have fallen in love with a book, series, or character and reached out to tell me about it. I’ve had readers beg me to add to existing series that I had thought were finished, and I did. My readers are truly the best.

New series coming out in 2021

I am committed to continuing to write and publish, entertaining and educating you with the best stories I can write. I have not twelve, but fourteen books lined up for publication next year, most of them already written. I’ll be bringing you a little local Calgary flavour with my Parks Pat Mysteries series and will be updating and relaunching an older series. I will be updating covers in my Auntie Clem’s Bakery and Reg Rawlins Psychic Investigator series.

I hope you will continue the journey with me! Knowing that there are readers waiting for my next book(s) and falling in love with my favourite characters is an awesome feeling.

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