12 Months Published

12 Months Published
So 12 months as a published author have come and gone. I am still trying to find the time to sit and write at the moment (hence the time since my last post), but life is getting back under control and I can still feel the spark of my muse just patiently waiting for me to come back to her.

I have a bit of an idea how to celebrate a year of being published with my readers, but it may take another few days for me to get everything in order, so I won’t give anything away just yet.

To give a little bit of detail on why I’m not getting much writing in at the moment, I have had to write 200,000+ words of technical manual in the last 6 months. Feedback on it has been great (yes, a single manual of that length), as has a sister manual which shares much of the content, but is 260,000+ words, which I wrote at the same time. Both manuals are specialised internal documents which will never see the light of day outside the organisation that wants them, but at least those who have picked them up so far have absolutely loved them.

To create the manuals around 1 - 1.5 million words had to be read, understood and condensed. The effort didn’t end there, as a full training course (2 & 4 weeks, respectively) had to be created to go along with the manuals, and to be completed within the 6 month window.

The first course starts soon, and that makes for a huge load of effort off my shoulders and I can go back to doing what I love - writing quality erotica for my readers.

It does go some way to explain why every time I sat down to write for my fans, I was so exhausted I couldn’t do anything at all.

I am amazed at just what the human mind can do when it is focussed (somewhat excessively) on a single task.

I will be taking a bit of a rest from it and will be launching back into my writing once it’s all said and done.

I would also like to thank Dmitry Pavlov for permission to use some of his imagery with my site and book covers. You can see a selected sample alongside this post, and there are likely to be plenty of fantastic works of his that you will see as part of my book covers and posts in coming weeks and months.

Big Milestone Soon

Big Milestone Soon
While looking at my list of published books recently, complete with publishing dates, I realised that something rather special will be taking place in a couple of weeks.

It will be 12 months since I published my first book. It has felt chaotic and hectic at times, but it has been a fantastic ride. Things haven’t quite gone as planned for the last few months due to other pressures, but they are beginning to ease and I now find myself with more time to write and do the things I have been wanting to do.

I still haven’t quite worked out how I am going to share the anniversary of being published with my readers, but I am sure I’ll come up with something.

Readers of the AllRomance Wildfire email newsletter will have hopefully seen a small advertisement from me in the last newsletter (12 April). Depending on how the interest from it pans out, there may be more from me in the future.

A Big Hello

A Big Hello
Firstly, a big hello to all the new visitors, thanks to me finding a few new places around the net to talk about my writing and other work. I hope you all enjoy it here and will find something here that you will like.

I’ll be updating my Contact Xavier page soon with all the places you can now find me and chat with me (or just Internet stalk, that’s okay, I guess).

In other news from the last week or so of effort, I have discovered that my time is starting to be my own again, after the massive project I have been working on (Easter was a complete loss to it...). The first thing I did with the time, rather than sit down and do nothing, was to sit down and write.

And did it ever feel good!

The other thing that I have been up to of late has been expanding my reach ever so slowly through advertising. Some readers will have noticed advertisements on GoodReads.com, and I have now got my first print advertisement running. It’s a little left-field for what I thought I was going to do for my first print listing, but if you look in The New York Review of Books, in the Independent Press Listing (page 70) for the April 4 edition, you’ll see a small ad.

Already I’m seeing results from this little foray, and will also be soon introducing some more blog hops and newsletter advertisements, as soon as I can find the time to attend to them.

Heres to an interesting couple of months.