2018 is going to be huge!

Welcome to a new year and as excited as I am, I think I might have already over committed. There is so much that I want to achieve this year and I seem to be trying to squeeze much of it into January.

I am looking for new beta readers, so I’ve joined a Facebook group, and signed up to beta read for two authors. I would like to give something back to other writers before I start asking for myself.

I’m always looking for reviews and I try to review everything I read, but I have downloaded two books recently to review in the coming month. At least I’m already half way through one. I have also started an advanced reader group to get some reviews of my own. If you would like to be a part of this group, I have attached a link at the end of this post.

I’m working on editing two Raven Crown Books – although I’m focused on book 2, I am doing some work on book 3. Both will be published during 2018.

I am starting a new series this year, I’m planning to draft all three in the first quarter and get book 1 out to the world before Christmas. At least the outlining is already done, so the writing should be relatively smooth.

I opted in on a new fantasy anthology and need to have a completed story by the end of February. I also have a solid outline for this and the drafting so far is going well but it is a short turn around.

I was pleased with the short story I used as part of the launch for Raven’s Dawn and I’d like to create a new short story for the launch of each new novel. Some of these might be very short, but I have already included them in the planning for each book.

Iski and I had some serious communication problems last year, but I think things are back on track for us and I plan to complete and publish episodes seven to nine this year, and have episode ten ready to publish early in 2019.

Talking of 2019, there are so many stories already trying to get my attention and be written as soon as possible. I am planning a sequel to the Mark of Oldra and there are a couple of other trilogies swirling around the back of my mind. I would like to get these outlined over 2018, to be started in 2019.

As you can see, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year. Did I mention that I’m also hoping to read more?

I hope your 2018 is just as fantastic.

If you are interested is free books, check out my promotions page to see the giveaways I’m currently involved in. If you would like to get the chance to read my books before everyone else in return for an honest review, sign up to my advanced reader group.

Online Groups for Indie Authors

online groups for indie authorsWriting can be a lonely and isolating activity. Being able to maintain contact with like-minded people can be empowering.

I have joined several writing and writers groups on line (or at least on FB) which has been quite handy. Most of these are aimed at indie authors but I’m sure there would be some traditionally published among the numbers.



  • There is a range of people you can connect to in a relatively easy way.
  • Find group with similar interests
  • You don’t have to be close geographically
  • You don’t have to be free at the same time
  • You can choose what you respond to, particularly in a big group
  • And with direct messaging you can interact with members on an individual level



  • Like any group you have to put time into it. And this can become a distraction to other tasks
  • Some in the group may demand more of you or the group than is appropriate
  • Some members are only there for their own validation and don’t contribute to the group


With the variety offered by being part of an online group you can choose what you would like to be a part of. I have joined several groups with Books Go Social – author group, review group, reading group. It depends what topics are being discussed as to where I would comment. Some people are across all groups, some only a member of one.

I have also joined some Facebook groups for some courses I have recently completed or joined. A recent comment in one of these groups was made about how we don’t all respond to every post but given the time just to read every post, it isn’t always possible, and as I stated above, you don’t have to get involved in conversations that don’t interest you or you don’t have anything to contribute to.

In one of the author groups people often ask for advice around different plugins or software. If I don’t use the software then I can’t comment and it would only block up the group if we all took the time to say we had nothing to add.

Make sure that you give as much as you take with any online group. Only ask for critiques or readers when you are willing to put the time in to do this for others.


What group would you like to be a part of ? Or what group might you like to start?