2017: Rising from the Ashes

Close to a year ago, I proclaimed 2016 a field on fire, for multiple reasons. You can read about that here if you want.

2017 was a weird combination of things, both good and bad and a little in between. I balanced myself between a shitty job situation and a growing determination to build upon my writing career, suffering through months of depression and somehow emerging on the other side with a great deal of perspective about myself and my limits. I forced myself out of my comfort zone again, traveling to see friends and family. I gave myself permission to step away from a failing writing project and work on something new, a decision which I’m happy I made and I do not regret it.

I won’t recap everything here. Some of these things are mine, and mine alone. The rest, however, I’d like to share with you.

  • My novella, THE FINAL RECONCILIATION, was released as a standalone eBook title through Crystal Lake Publishing in February. It was recorded and produced by the amazing Joe Hempel a month later, and is now available on Audible.
  • In March, I signed on with Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management. My agent, Italia, has been an absolute godsend. More importantly, she’s a great friend, and I’m honored to know her.
  • I partnered with Erin Al-Mehairi at Hook of a Book to help with the publicity of ULT. Erin’s awesome, and she was a huge help with keeping track of reviews, guest posts, interviews, and more.
  • In May, I began work on a novel I’m calling DEVIL’S CREEK. It’s something I tried to write a few years ago, but I wasn’t ready for it. I still wasn’t sure if I was ready, but the last several months have proven me wrong. First, I thought the book would fall somewhere around 100k words; when I finished the first 10k, I figured okay, maybe 150k is the target. Today, the book is approximately 115k words long, and I think it may hit 175k words before it’s done.
  • Bucket List Items: I got reviewed by Cemetery Dance and This Is Horror.
  • UGLY LITTLE THINGS: COLLECTED HORRORS was released in September to critical acclaim and solid sales. Local folks should be able to find copies of it on the shelves of Barnes & Noble in Wyomissing, PA any day now (if it’s not there already).
  • The last I checked, I have work on the HWA’s recommended reading lists for Long Fiction, Short Fiction, and Fiction Collections. I know that’s not a big deal to most of my peers, but to me, it’s a big thing and matters a lot.

There are other things in the works that I can’t mention yet, so I apologize for being vague. What I can tell you is that I’m looking forward to 2018.

So, to wrap this up, I want to say thanks to all of you who checked out my writing this year, whether you shared a post, bought a book, or told a friend about it. It means the world to me.

Happy Holidays, everyone. See you next year!