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Dec 31

2015 Rumpled Review

2015 began with a bang as Amaskan’s Blood went out into the world, hit several Amazon Top 100 Bestseller lists, and brought my first book launch event. I had mighty plans for 2015–grandiose plans of writing, writing, and writing. A broken wrist, a regional book tour, and conventions gnawed at my writing time. A flooded condo, selling the condo, and looking for a home Eastside swallowed my time whole and without ketchup. So what else happened in 2015? What’s happening in 2016?

In 2015, as an author, I:

  • had three novels published (Amaskan’s Blood, Class-M Exile, & Joy to the Worlds)
  • wrote 105,000 fiction words (which isn’t near as many as I wanted to write)
  • wrote another 91,000 words in blog posts and game reviews
  • edited/revised 3 novels
  • critiqued 3 novels and 15 short stories for other writers
  • completed my first book tour + 2 other book releases
  • taught and moderated my first writing workshop with authors I admire (Cat Rambo, Jennifer Brozek, & Tina Connolly)
  • served as a panelist and/or moderator on 11 panels, including one with the fabulous Todd McCaffrey
  • attended 8 conventions/conferences
  • attended my first Worldcon
  • was a guest on five podcasts
  • was interviewed by 13 websites/magazines
  • wrote 14 guest articles, for a total of 12,000 words
  • written 21 newsletters for The Conspiracy, my mailing list
  • continued participating in 12 Months of Charities
  • got invited to be one of many Guests of Honor at the upcoming We are all SF con in 2016
  • been invited to be a panelist at 2 conventions in 2016 (and this total will likely go up)
  • read 20 books this year for enjoyment (which is also depressingly low for me)
  • played & reviewed 32 games
  • watched 8 awesome new series/shows

Other Things I Accomplished:

  • Dealt with the flooded condo, then sold it
  • Found a new house, which provided it makes it through inspection, will be ours sometime in February!

What I Learned from All of This:

  • Touring is hard and exhausting.
  • Promoting books (which includes being a panelist at conventions so you gain exposure) eats into my writing time
  • I need to find better ways to use time wisely when it comes to the promoting and connecting with readers aspect
  • I need to figure out a software program or something to use to help me prep and keep track of my taxes better as a self-employed person. I suck at this! Any tips?

What’s Ahead in 2016:

I thought I’d end this with a picture. This name plate is from my first panel. Somehow, it ended up in the washing machine. Erik (my husband) felt horrible that it was all ragged and damaged, but I told him it was fine.

Like most of my life–the name plate was still functional, if not a little rumpled. That has been my 2015 Rumpled Review. Happy New Year Everyone!

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About the author

Raven Oak

Bestselling science fiction & fantasy author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood, Class-M Exile, and the collection Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays.

She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she's not writing, she's getting her game on, enjoying cartography, or staring at the ocean.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.

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