Balance (A Book Update)

I’m 14k words deep into writing book 2 now, the process is so different than writing The Beginning was.

When I wrote The Beginning I just wrote and wrote and wrote. There wasn’t anything else I had to focus on so I was able to finish it in about three months.

I’m working on promoting The Beginning while listening to and approving my audiobook and writing book 2. At least I have book 2 plotted out, I just have to write it. I keep trying to push myself harder, very aware I can’t keep up with a lot of my abled peers energy-wise and my partner and my friends keep having to remind me to stop and take care of myself. I’m a spoonie and that does affect me even when I don’t want it to.

Unfamiliar with what a spoonie is? You can read more here.

It’s taken me a few weeks to get a rhythm down and find my balance, but I think I’ve got it now and that definitely makes things easier.

Book 2 is coming together slower than The Beginning did, but it’s coming together. I’m aiming for a July/August release date right now, but we’ll see. The slowness of it has been frustrating for me. I’m not a very patient person, even with myself, and sometimes I have to stop and remind myself why it’s taken me longer this time. I have a LOT of other things going on right now. Still, I want to get this book out asap because I know I left a lot of you hanging with that cliffhanger. (Sorry, not sorry!)

Sales for The Beginning have been better than I anticipated. My goal was to sell five books in my first year, knowing this is my first book and nobody really knows who I am. I surpassed that just in preorders. Since then, things have been pretty steady and I’m grateful. Thank you to everyone who’s bought a copy already. If you haven’t you can do so here. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read The Beginning for free.

My audiobook is over halfway completed now. It should be finished by the end of the month. I’ll make an announcement here and on my social media when it’s available! I’m so excited for y’all to hear it. My narrator has done an amazing job bringing the story to life. Cassie really has made the perfect Aria, and her portrayal of Tyler is amazing too. She’s dedicated herself to bringing each one of them to life and showing their unique personalities and perspectives. She’s done a fantastic job and I am SO proud of her and SO happy I found her and that she’s agreed to do all of the books in this series.

More later.

I need coffee.

Alicen