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Last week I achieved three milestones.

Haven River – now on amazon!

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From its launch in May 2016 to February 2017, Haven River was available at a number of outlets for free (and why I made it free will be the subject of an upcoming post).

My intention was to keep it free until I published my second novel, Aqua Bay, this year.

Even though I think I’ve streamlined the process, I feel like it’s taking a lot longer to work through the editing than I thought it would (or am I just really impatient?). So last weekend I decided that waiting until possibly the end of 2017 was too long for Haven River to remain free. Why? I’m a starving artist and need the money! No, not really! However, I did believe that it was time to start to see if I could make just a little bit of money. I did feel guilty about this, but Haven River had been free for over eight months and I had soft-marketed it on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

So on Tuesday I uploaded to Amazon and I’ve sold my first copy! Yes!

i participated in my first author interview

Rebecca Howie, Read a Lot, and author of The Game Begins had been looking for authors to interview. I put my hand up and voila! she accepted me. Hit the link to read the interview and hang out at Rebecca’s site. I have returned the favour and I’ll be interviewing Rebecca later this month.

i’m now on instagram!

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Having spent most of 2016 getting to grips with Facebook and Twitter for the first time, I’m now on Instagram.

I love the idea of telling a story or expressing emotions through photos. As much as I love words it’s a welcome break to be able to say something with just a photo.

My initial photos have unintentionally resulted in a theme – inspiration to help me write.

I love to walk and mountain bike and it’s during these time that I draw so much inspiration from nature. Reflecting on these photos also makes me realise what a beautiful place I live in.

My Instagram thingy is caseyfae8917.

So I can’t help thinking I’ve got to February and already I’ve achieved at least three goals I’d roughly written down to cross off in 2017.

How are your 2017 goals going?

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