What’s New with Drew JAN 2019

I’ve been considering whether I wanted to open the blog portion of my site back up. I stopped blogging a couple of years ago because I didn’t think I had much to say, or anyone who would be interested in hearing about the mundaneness of my writing career. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that my day to day activities may not be exciting, but that doesn’t mean there’s no value in the small victories of this writing life.

In fact, I almost called it quits a few months ago.

I don’t want to get into the specifics, but 2017 was a great year for my writing career. The Alorian Wars and Dead Planet took off thanks to some box sets and a vigorous schedule of newsletter swaps. I thought it was sustainable, but I was wrong. In fact, 2018 plummeted out of control. My ad spend was too much and resulted in poor sales. Being someone who stepped on a small platform that seemed primed for success, the fall hurt a lot.

As 2018 careened over a cliff, I continued to work my butt off to put out new content. The problem turned into my new releases not supporting the series of books my readers enjoyed, chiefly Dead Planet and the Alorian Wars. The more I released, the more the traction of those series fell away. By October I was done. I resolved the throw in the towel and be done with it.

In November I attended a huge writing conference that tossed a bit of lighter fluid on the embers of my career and renewed my motivation to push forward. I decided to move slowly, and to write a little at a time because I thought I might shy away from the work again if it became too much of a stressor in my life. The result was a new book set in my Dead Planet universe. Once I completed Rise of the Syndicate, I knew it had to be a book one of a new series.

I wish I could say that I haven’t struggled each day to remain positive, but the truth is I deal with it every day. The difference is I’m taking back the reins of what I can control and I’m working on books in proven successful series right now. I do have other things in work, but the priority is to publish a trilogy in this new Syndicate series and continue to write in the Alorian Wars. Anything else would be counterproductive for right now.

I made the vow that 2019 would see me back in fighting shape as I was in 2017. I’m not ready to give up on writing, or myself. I hope you’ll join me on this journey of renewed hope that I can become a full-time writer. I also hope that you are encouraged to not give up on your dreams after reading this. Like Rocky says, “It’s not how hard you can hit, but how hard you can be hit and keep getting up.”

I’m ready for the next round.

Drew

If you would like to support my writing, please download one of my books at www.amazon.com/author/drewavera

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I am an active duty Navy veteran and self published science fiction author. I grew up in Mississippi and joined the navy at seventeen. I now live in Virginia with my wife and two daughters.

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