With plenty to be thankful for-a skilled surgeon, my Beta Reader’s, my family-I have tried to put my available time to good use. Something I have done today I have been considering for quite some time. I have already gone through and made changes to the website, including adding a page that showcases the reviews I have received and their associated ratings. I have done some updates overall to the site, and I can’t wait to see what my cover designer ( provides based on our discussions!

She is phenomenal, truly!

Now, I have 9 days to complete the second half of my book, 45K words, and a three-day weekend coming up. Beyond that, today was my first day back in the office for my day job, and this has proven terribly exhausting. By about 12:30 p.m. I could have laid down and taken a much-needed nap. Unfortunately, that feeling has not lifted. I think it would be beneficial to work from home rather than appear a slug in the office, where I can rest in between work as needed. Too late for that, it seems. Still, I feel proud of the work I have gotten done since returning just today between my day job work, my novel marketing/advertising, and the advances for my author site that I feel are beneficial.

The hardest part of self-publishing is creating your presence. In one aspect, it could be terribly revealing. In another, I know it’s necessary, but not necessarily how to do such successfully. The guidance is to create your presence 6 months to 1 year in advance-as mentioned before for my Book (similar rules), Oops, Quite late on that one! Twitter…Instagram…FaceBook. Then there is GoodReads, getting enough reviews on Amazon to help boost my book to readers, and anything else I may be missing.

It’s frustrating…part of me wishes I could shout out to the world, to people to get their attention. Building social platforms is a pain. A necessity, but a time-consuming pain that Must be done.

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