Thursday, January 3, 2013

Is It Over?...

I had a decent holiday, but I am ready for it to be over. I have plans and things that have to get done. I feel like a huge bump on a log right now. Two weeks off sounded fantastic at first and slowly got boring as hell.

The weather was decent up until Christmas Eve and then we got about a foot or so of snow. My brother in law got about four feet of snow and was unable to come to Christmas dinner. My daughter and her fiancee have been so stressed about building their house, they were not going to budge from their place. So it was just me, my husband and my son. And we didn't have a whole lot of cash for Christmas, but we did try to get what we could for people.

Because of the paper route I had during the summer, funds were tight because of ALL the CAR REPAIRS.

I hated that paper route near the end.

It put us severely behind on bills and we're still playing catch up.

Oh, well.

You'll notice I did not post any resolutions. I feel that every time I do so, I fail and I'm tired of feeling like a failure, so I refused.

I do have goals. Mainly to get book two edited and polished. Send it off to betas, edit some more and well, you all know the process.

Book one is getting good reviews so far. I'm still waiting for that bad review to hop out of nowhere and sock me in the jaw. I think I'll handle it well, but depends on the day.

Other goals? Move to Washington and before we move, become a grandma.

Holy cow, it still gets me every time I say it. They found out it is going to be a girl.

And revenge. Will be mine. ::Cackles::

Nah, I'm sure my daughter will have a sweet, loving girl alllll the way up until she becomes a teenager. Ha!

So while I was all helpful and slightly snarky in my IWSG post, today, not so much. January 7th will kick off my blog tour. You might win a copy of my book, so be sure to visit all my sweet friends who offered up their blogs for the day.

I am wondering about book promoting and what's worked for all of you? Got any ideas? Tips? Anything will help. Have a great rest of the week!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You cackled!
You're doing a tour already. Any giveaways?

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

If you get a bad review, I can almost guarantee it will be a troll. Those guys are rampant on Amazon. It will be someone with a name like "Ifuckcarrots" and they will say: Why is this book getting good reviews? I could only get through four pages of it before I decided it was trash. These must be all the authors friends so I'm leaving one star to draw attention to it."

Anonymous said...

Book promotion is something I am still learning about but I am enjoying the ride.

CONGRATULATIONS on the forthcoming granddaughter. That is so awesome.

Unknown said...

A bad review is the first sign you've made it, so take it as a good thing if it happens :)


Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

You know you've had a good break when you're ready to come back :)

Best wishes for 2013!

Mel Chesley said...

@ Alex ~ Yes! I cackled. I have plans for giveaways! ;)

@ Michael ~ omgah I almost shot coffee out of my nose... lmao! I've dealt with trolls, I know how to ignore them.

@ Donna ~ It is interesting, this book promotion thing. And thanks! I'm finally starting to get excited about it and even bought her rubber duckies already!!

@ Jamie ~ Now that is a good way to look at it. Thanks for that!

@ Lynda ~ It was a good break and a much needed one. :D

Cherie Reich said...

Goals are so much better than resolutions. Good luck with yours!

And best wishes for your blog tour. They're a lot of fun, even if they are exhausting. Just remember the tour is more about exposure, getting your name out there.

Mel Chesley said...

Thanks, Cherie! I'm sure it will be lots of fun. :D