Monday, January 30, 2017

Dui Character Draft

Hi everyone!

Happy Lunar New Year!

I'm excited about the new Polaris book coming out soon, not giving an ETA yet since I'm still editing and haven't worked on the CGs for the endings.  However, I did manage to draft the cover.  Anyway, just wanted to show off one of the guys you can aspire for in the new book: Doctor Dui.  He'll be on the cover (picture below isn't the full cover of course).  Let me know what you think!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 New Year Resolutions

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year!

Last year, I made a bunch of goals.  Let's see if I kept them and where I want to go this year.  Also, please feel free to share your goals too.

Personal Goals
  1. Lose 20 pounds (I say this every year but I'll try to Wii Fit those pounds off this time!)
    • Nope, I gained weight.  Figures.  I'll try to do better this year!  Keeping this goal for 2017.
  2. Pass a few certifications so I can find a better job; maybe these:
    1. CCISP
    2. SAS Basic Programming 
    3. A+ Certificate
      • Nope and I won't be keeping this goal for 2017.  New plans.  I'll get to them in a future date.
  3. Find a better job ;)
    • Not yet but I am planning to switch jobs some time in the future.  Just not this year. 
Publishing Goals
  1. Make $100+ from book sales.  In 2015, I made about $37 in royalty, both from sales and pages read through Kindle Unlimited book lending.  Guess that doesn't mean I can quit my job any time soon but I'm not giving up just yet.  I thank you to those who have given my works a chance and hope that I can count on your support in the future.  I'm a noob at this publishing thing but I'll keep working to get better.
    • Aww yeah!  I made $137!  Still haven't broken even from purchasing those ISBNs from Bowker though.  Those cost me $260 and now I think I shouldn't have bought them!  
    • Thank you for your support!!  <3
    • New Goal: Make $200+ in royalty and finally turn a profit!
  2. Expand exposure of my books.  For #1 to happen, I need to find better ways to market.  Word of mouth really help too so please if you have the chance, spread the word about Lenne Penry!
    • I sent Malphas to Draft2Digital which expands through many channels.  No sales though so I can't say that this was a successful endeavor but I'll keep trying.  Keeping this goal!
  3. Publish three books from my new otome-style series: Poetess Xuan.  The first book hopefully to go out in January.
    • Goal Completed!  Crossing it off.
  4. Publish the second book to Malphas.
    • Goal not completed and I'm not sure when I'll resume this series.  Not making any plans right now for it.  Crossing it off.
  5. Publish a the alternate paths to Polaris.  Still can't decide if Han Bei/Jin or Bai Hu/Yue paths should go first.  If you have a fav, let me know.
    • Goal Completed!  Han Bei/Jin was published and I'm working on Bai Hu/Dui now!

2017 Goals

  1. Get thin!  Need to drop at least 15-20 lbs!
  2. Make $200 in royalty and turn a profit on my book publishing endeavor!
  3. Improve exposure of my books
  4. Publish the third book to Polaris
  5. Submit a book to Kindle Scout for a contract (won't likely get a contract competing with so much talent out there but I sure will try!)
  6. Spend less money and save more (will be difficult)
  7. Finish paying off my car
  8. Make more money online
  9. Start applying to another job
  10. Clean up my messy room/closet and keep it clean!
  11. Do a half marathon?
Check back next year to see if I've hit my goals!  And again, please feel free to share yours!

~ Lenne Penry