The Long Year and a Look Ahead in an Indie Writer’s Life #amwriting

Not going to sugar coat it, 2016 was a hard year.


Despite the struggles, I somehow managed to publish two new books: The Astronaut’s Princess in February and Shifted in Seattle in October. And I haven’t written a word since.

My mother (70) was diagnosed with non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis two years ago. She steadily declined this year but the img_5824past six months proved very challenging. She spent August in a nursing home near my home and then lived with us in our home September, October, and November…when she wasn’t hospitalized, which was frequently. I spent the last week of her life with her (she in a coma) in yet another nursing home. She passed Nov. 10.

I’m so glad we got to spend that time close to her.

As you can imagine, there wasn’t much time or energy for creating.

But, a new year is on the horizon, and I’m getting back into the writing cave and looking ahead.

It’s exciting.

I already have about 10k on book four (Reap & Reckon) of the Reaper Series so that’s encouraging, and as I read through those pages, I’m reenergized with passion for that project.


ReapandReckon (427x640)I had a brief stint (two months) with all of my books on Smashwords and distributed through all retailers, thinking this would find new readers. With little to no promotion, however, and out of KDP Select, all those book rankings slowly sank. They currently sit like the Titanic on the bottom of the Amazon Sea.
I’m fixin’ to go on an expedition to try to raise them.

They’ll all be back in KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited by the end of the weekend. Amazon is Queen, and I am her minion.


I was looking over my 2016 Writing Business Plan. All in all, I accomplished most of what I set out to do. Except finish Reckon and have audio books made for my non-reaper books. I just don’t think audio books are worth it. The narrator and I are making about $10 a month on those two audio books. I just can’t ask someone else to invest that much time for such a minimal payout.

Wonder what my plan looked like? Take a gander if you want. The barely legible red writings are the results. Check marks mean it happened, baby.

A few more good accomplishments in there: a box set put together, audio books released, an AWESOME endorsement blurb from Darynda Jones…seriously, go check out her reaper books.


So what’s in store for 2017? Kid, if I knew that, I’d play the lottery and own a mountain somewhere. That said, I’m working on THE PLAN now. I hope it will include Reap & Reckon published, work on the third Cosmic Cowboys episode, The Magnate’s Moon, attending Visioncon in Branson in February and Ozarks Indie Book Fest in Springfield in October.

Right now the rest is TBD. I want to stay open to the possibilities. But like I always tell my husband, if we don’t make a plan…nothing happens.

Here’s to some good happenings in 2017.


What does your 2017 Plan look like?

6 Responses to The Long Year and a Look Ahead in an Indie Writer’s Life #amwriting

  1. I was sorry to hear about your mom 🙁 Good luck in the new year!

  2. Avatar Liz Roberts
    Liz Roberts says:

    I was so sorry to hear about your mom. I had a hard time dealing with my parents passing.
    You have already accomplished so much! I read “Haunt My Heart” and really enjoyed it. You have an awesome talent and I know you will be back in the groove in no time!

  3. You already know I love your books. Those of you that haven’t read them are missing out. If you are at all into paranormal, this is your writer to go with. Keep up the good work, Lisa. Still thinking of your mom all the time. I miss her so much…

  4. I really am sorry about your mom. I hope 2017 will be an awesome year for you!

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    2017 will be FABULOUS!!! You were able to spend the last months with your mother and that was priceless. I am so thankful that you had that time with her. She would want you to have an incredible 2017 – so we will!!! Love Ya Lots!!!