Month-End Update: October 2015

As most of you know, October revolved around the launch of my first novel. If it weren’t for my commute, which allows me ample reading time, I probably wouldn’t have accomplished much else! But, overall, I think October was a successful month. My first book is out in the world, and so far, it’s been relatively well-received. Now, it’s time for transition. It’s time to get focused on writing again and steer my website in a direction that is more reader-friendly (Don’t worry, I’ll still write about writing from time to time, too!).

But, for now, here’s what I accomplished this month:


  • Blog Posts Written — 17
  • Fiction Words Written — 0
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 0
  • Outlines Written — None, but I did write out my production schedule for 2016!



Author Business Activities

  • Successfully published The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1)
  • Had a fantastic book launch blog tour – you can see all the posts here
  • Hosted a successful Goodreads giveaway
  • Did a few website tweaks, including PayPal links for readers to buy paperback copies
  • Downloaded Scrivener for my laptop (finally!)
  • Organized my production schedule for 2016 (and roughly for 2017 and 2018, too)

Goals for November

  • Win NaNoWriMo. That’s right, I am going down that rabbit hole again…even though I am fully aware that I do not have the time. I definitely will not be blogging every day like I did last year, but I’ll check in a few times to let you all know how I’m doing. You can also add me as a writing buddy, if you like. My username is KateMColby.

What have you accomplished this month? What are your goals for November? 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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9 comments on “Month-End Update: October 2015
  1. Helen Jones says:

    Good luck with Nano, Kate! And I love the photo of your books in the delivery box, I know how that feels 🙂

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  2. Ula says:

    So glad to hear the blog tour went well. Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I’m a NaNo rebel this year working on my second draft.

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  3. Congratulations on a productive month and the launch of your book – and good luck with NaNo. For my part, I spent October figuring out the magic of CreateSpace and yesterday I finally uploaded The Slapstyx to be turned into a paperback – no mean feat for a techno dummy!

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  4. What an inspiring month you had! Congrats on the publishing your book!

    Oh I am going down that rabbit hole again with you with NaNoMoWri! I too thought, no time, go back to the other book drafts, but onward to 50,000 more…

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