In 2012, my husband and I bought a leather-bound notebook for our first New Year as husband and wife. Every New Year's Eve, we planned to write the best parts of the year and what we look forward to for the next year. I thought it would be fun to look back on in the future. We have kept the tradition alive so far and I love going back and reading what we wrote while partying with our friends, waiting for the ball drop on the TV.
This year has been a very exciting and interesting year for me. My first novel released on my birthday, March 21st. Navigating the world of self-publishing was terrifying and exciting at the same time. I compiled a two-inch binder of research, articles and manuals to help me publish my own work.
I learned a great deal while writing, submitting and selling my novels. I experimented with different tools and learned some lessons the hard way. Every failure was appreciated because I gained some new knowledge from it in the end. I don't think there is a clear right or wrong way to do what I do. I think it's something everyone has to learn for themselves and every story is different.