Month-End Update: July 2015

Hello, everyone! I’m happy to report that I am back in business after a successful (and extremely draining) move. I’ll write more about the move later. While this month-end update is a week late, I wanted to go ahead and share my progress with all of you. Admittedly, I’m having a bit of difficult time finding a routine for myself in my new life, so I figure the best way to get started is to reflect on my accomplishments from the last month and lay out some goals for August.

Before I dive into the July recap, I just want to extend a huge thank you to all of the authors who contributed guest posts to my blog while I was away. You all are amazing, and I greatly appreciate the inspiration, wit, and helpful information you brought to the blog. If you missed the guest posts, you can read them here.

Without further ado, here is how my July went:


  • Blog Posts Written — 6
  • Fiction Words Written — 1,920
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 1
  • Outlines Written — Planning out a new project


  • Drafts Revised — Finished line edit revision of The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1)
  • # of Days I Revised — 14
  • Misc. Editing — N/A


  • Books Reviewed
    • N/A

Author Business Activities

  • Completed the first line edit revision for The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1)
  • Attended the Self-Publishing Success Summit
  • Began drafting for a new project
  • Solicited guest posts for during my absence
  • Refined and organized marketing plans for impending book launch

Goals for August

  • Return to writing Desertera #2
  • Continue working on another new project
  • Completely finish the line editing/revision stage of The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) – depending on line editor’s schedule
  • Send TCD off to the proofreader – depending on line editor’s schedule
  • Begin cover design process

What have you accomplished this month? What are your goals for August? 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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3 comments on “Month-End Update: July 2015
  1. Wow, I’m so freaking impressed with your progress. It really does make mine look like tidily winks. But that’s okay, every little bit helps.
    Even though I just started following you, I am glad that you had a safe move (and that your kitty is enjoying the new digs).

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    • Thank you very much! (And welcome to my little corner of the interwebs!) One of the big things I’ve learned as a writer is that you can’t compare your progress/writing to others. We all have different responsibilities and creative processes, and I’m sure you are making great strides for where you are in your journey. 🙂

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  2. […] though I just did my July 2015 recap a little over a week ago, I wanted to go ahead and stick with my tradition of holding myself […]


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