Month-End Update: March 2015

March has been a superb month for me. I turned 23, found out Daniel will be attending Yale, received a 2.5 week visit from my parents-in-law, and still managed to be rather productive. The longer I do these month-end updates, the quicker the months seem to fly. However, I’m grateful that these updates are helping me celebrate my successes and keep track of my author journey. Okay, without further ado, here’s how my March went:


  • Blog Posts Written — 16
  • Fiction Words Written — approx. 2,700 (new chapter in The Cogsmith’s Daughter)
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 2
  • Outlines Written — 0


  • Drafts Revised — final 2/3 of The Cogsmith’s Daughter
  • # of Days I Revised — 9
  • Misc. Editing — N/A


Author Business Activities

  • Attended free webinar: How to Grow Your Email List hosted by Bryan Harris
  • Attended free webinar: The Four Keys to Becoming a Full-Time Author hosted by Jeff Goins
  • Signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo (and created a cabin full of fantastic writers!)
  • Participated in my first ever video author interview, hosted by Jonas Lee – watch it here
  • Was added to The Book Review Directory
  • Hosted a spot on Zachary Paul Chopchinski’s blog tour – see it here
  • Sent out first chapter of The Cogsmith’s Daughter to my email list – sign up here to read it
  • Gathered beta readers from my email list and sent them the revised draft of The Cogsmith’s Daughter
  • Started a sole proprietorship and obtained an EIN for banking/tax purposes

Goals for April

  • Write the entire first draft of Desert Child for Camp NaNoWriMo
  • Open a business bank account
  • Hire professional editors for The Cogsmith’s Daughter
  • Post on the blog three times per week

What have you accomplished this month? What are your goals for April? For the rest of the year?


Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

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5 comments on “Month-End Update: March 2015
  1. Jonas Lee says:

    I feel like I accomplished something… Bookwise, absolutely 0. I want to try and put together a thing like you. I’m keeping stats starting…now!

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  2. Glad things are still going well, Kate. You’re right, the months are going by quickly.

    Feeling a bit annoyed with myself as I haven’t done very much with revising the novel I was planning to work on; partly because I’ve been distracted with other things, partly because I’m not really sure where to start. It’s been a month of positives and negatives: I’ve suffered one major let-down, but also had my name appear in the feedback section of a magazine.

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    • Nice. The magazine nod is a cool accomplishment! Revisions are definitely tough. I always just start at the beginning and work chronologically, but I’m a rigidly linear thinker. I’m sure you’ll figure out what works for you soon. Thanks for sharing and good luck!


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