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Month-End Update: September 2015

Personally and professionally, this September was wonderful. Daniel and I celebrated our one-year anniversary as well as the three year anniversary of the convention at which we met. Also, I began the month with two blissful weeks of “you have a job…but you don’t have to start it yet.” This meant I got a lot done without the distractions of financial worries and job searching. To that end, I am officially a professional writer — in both my “day job” as a copywriter and in my “second job” as an independent author. I can’t even begin to describe how gratifying it is to finally see my hard work paying off in my reality. If only the two would learn to get along better. Being employed again sure takes a lot of time!

But, okay, enough feelings. Let’s look at the facts of what I accomplished this September:


  • Blog Posts Written — 13
  • Fiction Words Written — 10,501
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 5
  • Outlines Written — 1 (dabbling with a nonfiction idea)



Author Business Activities

  • Added another vlog to my YouTube channel, this one on line editing
  • Took new, brand-appropriate author photographs
  • Revealed the cover for The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1)
  • Had business cards designed
  • Made The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) available for preorder!
  • Distributed advance review copies to my newsletter subscribers
  • Began working with my print-on-demand distributor to create the paperback version
  • Organized a blog tour to support my book launch (more information to come)

Goals for October

  • Officially release TCD in both ebook and paperback formats
  • Have a fun and successful blog tour
  • Finally finish my book review queue and transition my author platform away from it
  • Continue writing Desertera #2
  • Continue working on this nonfiction idea
  • Decide whether or not I’m doing NaNoWriMo again

What have you accomplished this month? What are your goals for October? For the rest of the year?

11 thoughts on “Month-End Update: September 2015”

  1. I’ve got The Cogsmith’s Daughter on my Kindle wish list! Glad you had an enjoyable September – unfortunately I’ve had a generally rotten one for various reasons, but things can only get better from here.

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  2. A huge month, Kate! Hope you’re feeling pretty proud of yourself 🙂 And I get what you mean about ‘real work’ taking up time, even when it’s writing – I managed to land a decent freelance writing job earlier this year creating regular content for a client and was thrilled (still am, I know how lucky I am to have it). But then I was all ‘But I need to wriiiiite!’, despite the fact I was doing so for my day job 😀 There is a difference, isn’t there? Here’s to October and a great launch – looking forward to reading The Cogsmith’s Daughter when it comes out.

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    1. Thank you so much, Helen! Like you, I know I am very lucky to be working professionally as a full time writer – but yes, it doesn’t scratch the same itch as fiction, and I need to find a new routine for myself. Maybe NaNoWriMo will help with that if I decide to give it another crack.

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      1. You’re very welcome, Kate 🙂 And wow, NaNo – I did it last year and it was great (though hard hard work). You are brave to consider it again, not sure if I could do it 🙂

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      2. Yes, it’s certainly a good way to get stuck into a story. I managed to write what is now another full novel (unrelated to Ambeth) last year during NaNo – in between all my other writing, I’ve been polishing it up and am considering submitting it to a few agents. But we’ll see 🙂

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