Welcome to 2017

The end of 2016 was one crazy roller coaster ride. Between writing, setting up the business side of things--since I'm self-publishing--and my wife having our second little girl, things have been hectic, to say the least. So, you can imagine it's been challenging to get much writing done. But it's now 2017, and the show must go on. So, below I have outlined some updates on where I am at with my writing.

Writing News

As mentioned, the end of 2016 has been a whirlwind. Working to become an indie author while having a full-time job and a young family is no small task.

Even still, I've managed some steady progress. The first draft will be finished and sent off to the editor in March. I'm still in the process of selecting an editor and I think I've found one I like. She will be sending me an example of her work using the first few pages of THE FURY AND THE STAR. I look forward to hearing back from her.

I'll also send out applications for my street team in early 2017. The team will receive the second draft and can offer feedback if they wish. This will give folks a chance to affect the final product. 

I've been submitting short stories to various competitions over the past few months. Hopefully, I'll have more news on that front soon.

I've also been working on keeping the ball rolling on Facebook. 

As some of you already know, I ran a competition in the lead up to the holidays. This gave me a great opportunity to run some Facebook ads. I learned an awful lot doing this and will share my findings in a separate post. While on that note:

Competition

I'm excited about my book, THE FURY AND THE STAR (working title) launching in April 2017 and I want to run a few competitions in the run-up. Some of you probably came to my list via my Facebook competition. Anyone who subscribed to my mailing list - via my website or Facebook ad - had their names put in the hat. Anyone who liked my Facebook page or shared my competition post were also added, so there were a few chances to get your name in more than once. 

For the first competition, an Amazon Kindle was up for grabs for one lucky winner, and two paperback copies of Andy Weir's "The Martian" for runners up.

The winners are as follows:

Rob McAuley - Amazon Kindle
Jennifer McCarrel - The Martian (paperback)
Jodie Collier - The Martian (paperback)

Congratulations to the winners!!! Keep an eye on your inboxes for details on how to claim your prizes. For those who didn't win this time, I will be running another soon, so watch this space. 

That's the updates for now. There is plenty of work to be done in January but I will try getting another post or two out by the end of the month. Starting in February I plan on getting a post out every Sunday. 

As one pig used to say "d d d d dat's all folks."

Killian C. Carter