The year 2019 was loaded with personal drama and some major life changes, but it turned out to be my most productive year as an author so far. I published or have contracted to publish 43,500 words in 110 stories. It was truly an awesome year!
My self-set goal last year was to publish in at least 12 anthologies. I reached that goal by July and ended the year with contracts for 29 anthologies. In addition to that, I published two mini-anthologies myself bringing the total to 31!
It is my mini-anthologies, Misfits & Oddities and After Storming Area 51, which make my heart swell with pride. If you ask me, I believe that audio is the ultimate form of story-telling. I love audiobooks, and publishing these two mini-anthologies gave me the opportunity to reach goals that I counted among dreams when I started writing.
Misfits & Oddities was the first anthology I opened up for auditions, and I received a couple of excellent auditions fairly quickly. I was about ready to select a narrator when I noticed that the ACX website allowed authors to send offers to the narrator of their choice. This discovery left me questioning my skills as a writer and wondering if one of the goals I set for myself in my first year of writing was within reach.
After a couple of hours of internal debate, I decided that I was no stranger to rejection and sent an offer to my favorite narrator, Stefan Rudnicki. I expected a quick reply from an agent or assistant stating that Stefan doesn’t work projects this small or that offers must come through an agent. I was truly surprised when Stefan himself replied to my offer with a request for the manuscript!
My second mini-anthology was narrated by Geoff Scott, and he did a spectacular job giving voice to the characters in my stories. The production schedule was rather tight for the audiobook to be available by the release date, but even though an approaching hurricane forced him to evacuate his family, Geoff got the job done.
I can honestly say that 2019 has been the most validating and fulfilling year I’ve ever had as an author. I got to work with two talented narrators and received several excellent reviews from readers. It leaves me with high hopes and expectations for 2020. I’m extremely thankful to everyone that supported me last year. If you helped me edit, bought my books, read my stories, or shared my posts, it is with a warm and full heart that I say, thank you!
What are my goals for 2020? That is a good question. I plan on publishing at least one mini-anthology and one novelette. I hope to have stories accepted into at least twelve anthologies and publish at least twelve short stories through online publishers. Now that I’ve stated these goals, I better get busy because I’ve got a great deal of writing to do.
Happy New Year and thanks for reading!