It was a crazy year folks

This has been a crazy, awesome, exciting year. You guys made it all of those things.

Thank you. Thank you times a hundred.

When I published Witch for Hire, I didn’t expect it to do much. I’d been working on it intermittently for years. The bulk of the story was written during NaNoWriMo 2010. Over the next few months, I finished the story and started the edits. For the next four years I occasionally did some edits and often did nothing.

In July 2013, I got a bee under my bonnet and decided that I had to publish. I’d like to say I had some great insight about how fantastic my work was or that I had faith that I’d find readers, but either of those would be a lie.

The truth was that I didn’t care if I failed.

If you’re an aspiring artist of any type, read that again. I didn’t care if I failed. I figured that it would be worse to be sitting in front of a TV years from now wishing that I’d done something with my writing than to publish and be laughed at. Truth be told, I hoped to do well, but that wasn’t the expectation. I figured that if I sold enough to buy a Starbucks goodie once a month I’d be doing good.

The first month blew that expectation out of the water.

Witch for Hire was published January 11, 2014. It sold two copies in the next three days. I bought one of those copies. On the fourth day it entered a free promotion. I woke up in the morning and 20 people had downloaded the book. I was ecstatic. By the end of breakfast it was up to 25 downloads.

The next day was even crazier. By late afternoon I’d had over a two hundred downloads and by the time I finished dinner over five hundred. The craziness continued for the rest of the promotion, and when it was done over 8,000 people had downloaded a book that didn’t have a single review by an author who hadn’t published any other works. To date, I’ve sold over 17,000 copies of Witch for Hire.

After publishing Witch for Hire, I got to work on A Witch’s Path. During NaNoWriMo 2011 and 2012, I worked on A Witch’s Path, but when I restarted on it in January 2014, it needed another 30,000 words and significant restructuring. A Witch’s Path was published September 5, 2014. It’s gotten better reviews than Witch for Hire, and I’m counting that as a huge success. Between publication and now, it’s sold over 5,000 copies.

After publishing A Witch’s Path, I got to work on my third book, A Witch’s Trial. I finished the draft of A Witch’s Trial at the end of November and it’s currently in my editor’s hands.

As soon as I finished A Witch’s Trial, I started on the fourth book. Right now I’m about halfway through the rough draft of the fourth draft and enjoying every second of it.

In early December, I got another bee in my hat and partnered with a voice actor who’s currently working on the audiobook of Witch for Hire. What I’ve heard so far is fantastic, and I can’t wait for it to be out!

This year has been a learning experience and a steep one at that. I’ve had to learn about pricing, perceived value, branding, marketing, production schedules, and so many other things. Some things I’ve done well, others not so much. Part of that learning experience has included my production process.

I know a lot of you had hoped that A Witch’s Trial would be out by now, but with the changes in my editing process, the release has been pushed back. Right now I’m eying February. This wasn’t an easy choice, but I’m choosing to give you a high quality product rather than a faster release.

I’m really excited about 2015 because I think it’s going to bring amazing things. A Witch’s Trial will come out, as will Witch for Hire’s Audiobook. The current plan is to publish the fourth and fifth books in A Witch’s Path Series, and at least one book in a new series.

There will also be some changes, most of which I hope will be good changes. With how amazing 2014 had been, I was able to drop to part time at work. To continue spending half my time writing, I have to maintain my income. One of the things I’ll be looking at this year is expanding outside of Amazon. If there’s a place you prefer to buy ebooks, let me know and I’ll look at that retailer.

2014 has been an amazing year, and this is the happiest and most accomplished I’ve ever felt. Alright guys, on to 2015!

13 thoughts on “It was a crazy year folks

  1. Eileen

    It’s 4:26am and I just finished witch’s path. I was asleep like a “normal” person but awoke around 2 to visit the bathroom and saw the iPhone beckoning to switch on the kindle app and finish book 2. Now I am anxious for the next installment. Love your character development. Want to smack her mother. (Sorry)
    Thank you for a well written intriguing novel. I have read both books within a few days. Come to New York and I’ll make tea. Open invitation if you come this way. I’m on Long Island
    Have a great 2015! It’s now 4:28 am will try to sleep lol

    1. N. E. Conneely Post author

      I hope you got enough rest! Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the books! Don’t me sorry, Nancy is a nervous nelly, but she might mellow out in the next books.

      If I’m ever in New York I’ll take you up on that tea!

  2. chelsea

    What is this life??! I finished Witch for hire and path in 48 hours. I am now impatiently waiting the 3rd book! Can’t wait!!!! I ♡ your books.

  3. Michelle

    i discovered your books yesterday and have just finished A Witch’s Path! I couldn’t put the books down! I really enjoy the story and can’t wait to read more about Michelle and Elron and how things evolve for them! Thank you for two very entertaining reads.

  4. Tina Courts

    I count my lucky stars that one of the few times I go on Amazon to look at books that I found yours. Normally I buy all my books from Kobo. Must have been some magic in the air lol. I was extremely impressed with your first book “Witch for Hire”. You are an extremely talented writer and I go and check Amazon more often then I used to just to see if you have a new book released. Please keep writing and will remember to check Amazon in February to see if your third book ” Witches Trial” is out. Also looking forward to the new series that you mentioned as I am extremely confident it will knock my socks off too. So thank you for sharing your world and talent with us. I am an avid reader, owning over 2000 books and can never find enough storylines that captivate me like yours did.

    1. N. E. Conneely Post author

      I’m so glad you found my books! If you sign up for my newsletter, there should be a box on the right side or bottom of the screen (mobile website), you’ll get an email announcement when I release something new. The new series won’t have a release until late summer or fall of this year. If magic happens and I can do it faster I will, but I haven’t started writing that book.

  5. Tish Bullock

    I read your two novels this week. I must say that they held me and kept me totally entertained. Most fantasy novels have similar plots that are easily recognizable. Thanks for bringing in some fresh ideas.

    I love your characters. They seem like “real folks” to me and would love to sit and chat with them! Thank you for doing such a great job and entertaining me so well. I am eagerly looking forward to your next book.


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