So it’s been a while since I’ve touched base with you and I wanted to give you an update on what I’m doing as a writer… and maybe as a person. Who knows? First of all, you might’ve noticed that I have A LOT more content that has come out in the last few months. “Out of the Mouth of Babes” was released on October 29th of last year, and now “In the Pursuit of Eden” will be released on April first–no joke, haha. AND I’m working with Gelato Publishing to release 2 Billionaire books this year, PLUS I’m almost finished with the rough draft of my latest novel (title to be released soon because… pssst, it’s THAT good and I don’t want anyone to take it before I do!).
So what is the reason for all this productivity? I quit my day job. It was a RISKY move… for me because I’m all about security! But… I had saved up enough money to live (very frugally) this year so I could write as many books as I could and see–just see if I could live off of this. I’ll be honest– it’s a slow process getting back to my former successes. I set myself back for four years since I’d worked on film during that time and I’d lost a lot of footing in the book industry. So now I’m ni the process of reconnecting with my readers, other writers, other professionals. I’m also learning new marketing techniques. Guys! It’s soooo different! But I won’t bore you with the details… just yet! Add to those challenges, my mother had some health problems that put her in the ICU for a month, then rehab for 3 months after that…. AND I lost some productivity there (though I can NOW set a book in a hospital, rehab center, assisted living if I have the inclination–so silver linings!)
Needless to say! I AM determined. Each day I wake up at 5 in the morning, make my goals for the day, report to my accountability partner, and write until late into the night. I might JUST MIGHT take up dog walking to supplement the income in a bit… we shall see. Lol–plus that would also be great fodder for a future book. But, I just wanted to say that I’m back for AT LEAST this year, so be sure to watch for my upcoming books and my promotionals with other authors too (because without each other, we just wouldn’t make it)!
And by the way, just in case you’re wondering, working this hard feels GREAT! There are difficult times where I feel like I’m dragging or when I don’t believe in myself (I keep a writing journal for those days), but on the whole I really, really love what I do!
Thank you for letting me share with you!
BTW: to preorder “In the Pursuit of Eden,” the link is right here: https://www.amazon.com/Pursuit-Eden-Stephanie-Fowers-ebook/dp/B07PS4YB7G Print coming soon!