Resolving to do Better Business in 2013 and Witch’s Nocturne by E.J. Wesley



When’d 2013 happen? Oh yeah, yesterday. 2012 seemed to go by in a blur. And we’re still here. Hmm. I’m not really surprised the world didn’t end. It made me think, though. Why is our culture/society rather obsessed with prophecy and the world ending? Made me think that we’re a rather superstitious lot.

Anyway, enough on my musings on doomsday stuff… Onto IWSG. Happy IWSG 2013 style! Every month writers around the globe and galaxy gather to offer support and talk about what’s on their minds. The brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh [a guest here next Wednesday], IWSG meets the first Wednesday of every month. It’s not too late to join. Click on Alex’s name to sign up.

So a new year dawns… I’ve made a few resolutions. First, I decided to quit reading my reviews. Can I truly do this? It’s tough, but I find I’m saner on the whole by just leaving it alone.

Second. The first Saturday of every month I will devote to taking care of the financial side of my writing career. I MUST be more organized this way. My ex-banker crit partner says merely keeping a journal is good enough. Sounds simple, yet I slacked at it in 2012. I MUST make it a better habit in 2013.

Third. I also need to schedule in time to dedicate to marketing activities besides social networking. Must. What? I’m not sure, but I need to make time to look into it and make plans. Implement them, too.

I’ve been rather inadequate at these, or I feel I have, which makes me feel a bit anxious. There needs to be more of me I think. For now, I’m still buried trying to get the next Backworlds done. First draft is done, which is great. But no breaks for me, the polishing/revision phase must be completed by January 21st. I’m sure I’ll do it. I just won’t do much else this month. Then it’ll be back from the editor and in my hands by end of January and the fans are waiting… which means I’ll be working my butt off to get it out by end of February. Then do I get to rest? No. It’ll be time to crank on the next Hetty Locklear, Earth Hereafter, and start sketching out Backworlds #4.

Maybe for now I need to set a smaller goal with the marketing and try to find one new thing to do twice a month. The point is to stretch myself and reach new people. It’s something I’d like to blog more about this year and get a real dialogue going. There, I typed it out loud.

Is there anything you’re going to try to make a better habit this year?

and now to help out someone else’s anxieties… Applause for E.J. Wesley and his latest release. Go give him some likes and tags and such.

Witch’s Nocturne by E.J. Wesley

witchs nocturne scaled and final

After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family’s monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas. 

Witch’s Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes–with a Texas twist–by author
E.J. Wesley

Witch’s Nocturne is available now:

Amazon     Smashwords (ePub & PDF)

Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1, is also available:

Amazon (Free to borrow for Amazon Prime members.)

(Note: These stories contain some language and content better suited for mature readers.)

EJWesleyAuthorPhotoE.J. lives in South Texas. He likes his words and food spicy, and tries to give a little extra ‘kick’ to the stories he writes. He enjoys reading horror, sci-fi, YA, MG, New Adult–basically anything with words. In true Texas fashion, E.J. is very neighborly, and welcomes you to say ‘howdy’ at:

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  1. January 2, 2013    

    Seems were are always rushing for deadlines, doesn’t it?
    Wish I knew what else to do for marketing besides what I am doing.
    I am ready for the next Backworlds though. No pressure!!

  2. January 2, 2013    

    I think marketing has got to be the most difficult thing. I would love to hear what you do when you figure it out. Balance is good. You need time for you.

  3. January 2, 2013    

    The financial side is very important. I do my bookkeeping once every month.

  4. January 2, 2013    

    It’s tough for some writers to be good about the financial side of things. I’m not inclined that way, but if it’s as simple as keeping a journal, I think I could do it. Happy 2013!

  5. January 2, 2013    

    Yes, it does, Alex. The nature of our business, I guess. It’s OK. My other fans have been nudging me, too.

    I will blog about it as I try things, Tonja. I probably won’t get to try anything this month until that revision is done.

    That’s what I will try to do, Diane.

    Sounds simple, Christine, but I seem to have some mental block about doing it.

  6. January 2, 2013    

    I’m rotten at adding up columns of figures, but I do try to keep a tidy stack of receipts. That helps at tax time.

    Here’s to a wonderful 2013 for you, Mary.

  7. January 2, 2013    

    Financial goals are always challenging and marketing is an ongoing process I found. Can’t wait for the next book!

  8. January 2, 2013    

    Congratulations to E.J. I love his author picture too. Most of the marketing that I’ve done is ineffectual, but I’m rather proud of one that was “out of the box” and seems to be working somewhat.

    I will be reading Backworlds soon. I reviewed four books this weekend and have CES looming, but after that I’m sure I’ll get some time to read.

  9. January 2, 2013    

    Congrats to E.J.!

    And I’ve noticed the New Year has brought a lot of that time/balance struggle to the surface again for a lot of people. I think I need a bionic implant that will help me read, write, and blog all at the same time. :)

  10. January 2, 2013    

    Those sound like some very good goals! All the best!

  11. January 2, 2013    

    Those are great goals. I’m moving slowly this year and haven’t even thought about this years goals.

  12. January 2, 2013    

    Definitely no rest for you because I’m anxious for the next Hetty as well as Backworlds. ;) :D

    Marketing activities is a big one for me this year. I’m totally clueless and just thinking about it can send me into a panic but I need to just buckle down and do it.

    Congrats to EJ, I can’t wait to read his latest.

  13. January 2, 2013    

    Those goals seem very sensible. I’ve been really good at getting Hubby’s finances in order, but less organised with my own (don’t tell him though – he seems to think I’m a financial god!) I’m still working on the marketing thing too.

  14. January 2, 2013    

    You were sooo busy, no wonder 2012 went by in such a whoosh for you! But wow, look at all you accomplished. I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a humdinger of a year for you!!

  15. January 2, 2013    

    I stuffed mine in a folder, Lee, but I can do better than that, and I need to.

    Just tracking it is a good start, Maurice. It’s a blackhole in my life…

    I’m glad you found something, Michael. I think you’re an amazing writer.

    Perhaps because I feel panicked about my deadline, LG. But, I feel that way a lot. Too much to do and not enough of me to handle it.

    Thanks, Misha.

    Mine were in place before the year started, Holly. Just the way it is.

    lol, Julie. Just had to save my cat from her tail… anyway… seems we’re all learning together.

    I admire that you have those skills, Annalisa. We’ll see whether I stick to my promise this Saturday…

    2013 promises to be as busy, Loretta. A Happy New Year to you! I like seeing you moving forward.

  16. January 2, 2013    

    Happy New Year Mary!
    Sounds like you have a solid plan! Good luck with the goals.

  17. January 2, 2013    

    As for marketing, I simply cannot wait to do book signings, school visits, library visits, readings, etc. I may sound delusional to some folk, but I get a kick out of public speaking. I’ve even volunteered here locally to help out authors for their signings! I love every aspect of them.

    Happy New Year!! May 2013 bring you magic!

  18. January 2, 2013    

    Congrats to EJ!

    And I know what you mean about the marketing. I’m trying to think of new ways to market and find readers. A lot of ideas I have involve me being bolder and putting myself out there beyond the internet world. I’ll have to see how that works. Heh. Breaking goals into manageable chunks is good, though. :)

  19. January 2, 2013    

    Those are great goals to work towards Mary! ^^ Good luck finishing your polishing and revising on your next Backworlds! I know you can do it. ^^ This year one of my main goals is going to be getting the first draft of my novel down. :)

    We missed you at the December COWG. Are you going the Guild Coffee meeting on the 5th? :)

  20. Miranda Hardy Miranda Hardy
    January 2, 2013    

    Wonderful goals you have! I can’t wait to see you accomplish them all.

  21. January 2, 2013    

    Financial schmimancial (says the former investment consultant, hehe). But yes, I guess it’s always good to try to keep better track of things. I look forward to learning from your marketing adventures. Sometimes it’s a matter of trying a whole bunch of different things and seeing what takes. And schedule in time for a nice, long BREAK!!!

    E.J. Has great, great covers – best wishes for him and his new release!

  22. January 2, 2013    

    I will be following your progress reports closely. I’m not organized on the business side at all. And marketing? What’s that? :)

    I’ve been seeing E.J.’s book around several places. Congrats!

  23. January 2, 2013    

    It sounds like you’ve got solid goals for 2013!

    I’ve seen several posts mentioning E.J.’s books. Must be a good read.

  24. January 2, 2013    

    It’s a plan, Michelle. Don’t know about the solid part. :D

    I don’t mind public speaking either, Candilynn. I need to get out more. Congrats to you again on your awesome news!

    I need to do more of that myself, Cherie. It has my stomach flopping already.

    I missed seeing you Amanda. If it stops snowing and the roads clear, I may pop in on Saturday.

    Thank you, Miranda. I look forward to yours this year, too.

    I’m glad it’s not just me, Laura.

    Well, I’ll give them my best shot, Eagle. The writing part I’ll definitely do.

  25. January 2, 2013    

    Marketing is the one that defeats me.

    *applauding EJ* love his cover.


  26. January 2, 2013    

    I reallllly wish I could stop reading my reviews. :)

  27. January 2, 2013    

    Finding time to work on promo is tough. I think we all struggle with that. Good luck!

  28. January 2, 2013    

    LOL – “I typed out loud” – loved that so much!!!
    I am just getting into that crunch time for Champion in the Darkness – going over it one more time. despite my CP, and my mom(who doesn’t just say its all good) saying that it’s ready. Plus, I have all that marketing stuff . . .agh! I have a list, must not hyperventilate. Keep to the list. (sorry typing out loud)
    Thanks for the offer to read e-mails from me if I’m panic stricken over my writing – I really appreciate that!

    Best of wishes with all your awesome goals for 2013!

  29. January 2, 2013    

    I’m trying to figure it out, Donna.

    It was like withdrawal at first, Brinda, but I’m much happier being blissfully ignorant.

    I wish I had more time to write other things, too, Ciara, besides more promo.

    Email me anytime Tyrean. I panic a lot. lol You’ll be fine. Let me know how I can help.

  30. January 3, 2013    

    Awesome goals, my friend! Here’s to meeting them! I need to do better on keeping track of things, too. A journal’s enough, you say? Hmm… :D

    Also, yes. The marketing outside your comfort zone is hard. But you can do it! And for the most part, people are friendly in book-cyberland!

    Here’s to a fantastic, successful 2013! *hugs*

  31. January 3, 2013    

    I think there needs to be more of me, too :)

  32. January 3, 2013    

    Not reading your reviews is probably the hardest thing on your list. They are like a horrible accident. You know you should look away, but you can’t help yourself. I know this all too well now ;)

    Best of luck with your goals in 2013

  33. January 3, 2013    

    I’ve paid zero attention to the financial part of being a writer. Although, I’ve only received two paychecks. Still, I’m not being very organized with the expenses part of it. You have some very reasonable goals – you can do it. We’ll have to think on how to better market ourselves, too.

  34. January 3, 2013    

    Not read reviews… you’re a strong willed human. Good luck with all your goals. One of mine is to not be so scarce.

  35. January 3, 2013    

    That’s what he and another writer said, Leigh. Then they give it to their tax person at tax time.

    Soon we’ll have a whole club of clone needers, Carol.

    They are exactly like that, Lynda. Some folks have constructive things to say. Others, it’s obvious it’s just not for them.

    Yes, we must come up with things, Gwen.

    Well, especially when I’m in the midst of a project, it’s best I stay away from them, Rusty.

  36. Michael Pierce Michael Pierce
    January 3, 2013    

    Marketing and reaching new readers is my biggest challenge right now. That’s something I’ll be working on this year as well. On another note, I finished The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear earlier in the week and greatly enjoyed it. I need to find some time to write a review (which you don’t have to read since that’s your first resolution and I don’t want to be the one to make you break it…I don’t want to be “that guy”…haha). I also recommended it on the interview I had that posted today. Happy New Year!

  37. January 6, 2013    

    I’ve just realised I need to start your second resolution. Gulp. A whole new experience for me. As for marketing, we need to get our hands on some Alex Clones!

    Best of luck with your 2013 resolutions.

  38. January 7, 2013    

    You have sensible plans. I have no doubt you will make good on all of them. Marketing is a nightmare for us all and I’m no good at it, so I’ll be closely following, see if I can learn something. ;)

    Best of luck!