You were amazing. In so many ways.
Since this time last year, I’ve gone from unpublished to published author of two books. Now That You’re Here hit the shelves in December 2014. While You Were Gone was published just eight months later, in August 2015. In the lead-up to the first release and straight through to the second, I spent A LOT of time promoting the books online and in person at various events.
Some of the book promo highlights included:
- The Holiday Party at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, CA
- Tucson Festival of Books
- YAllapalooza at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ
- Westercon in San Diego, CA
- San Diego Comicon
- Phoenix Comicon
- The Schrodinger Sessions at the Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland
- Tucson Comic-Con
- A bunch of library events across Arizona
2015, you not only taught me the ins and outs of being a published author, you brought me a crash course in Quantum Physics. I mean, how cool is that?!
Best of all, you brought an amazing trip to London, which not only had my husband and I reminiscing about our previous adventures in the UK, but also jumpstarted my creativity, dropping new stories into my head.
Here are a few pics:
Being the fangirl I am, I can’t help but think of the fun celeb encounters I had this year: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hiddleston, Guillermo del Toro, Jessica Chasten, Greg Grunberg, Ciaran Hinds, Leo Bill, and of course, Benedict Cumberbatch.
I met The Doctor. And got to see Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet. Fourth row! *gasp*
And don’t even get me started on all the amazing authors I got to meet and hang out with this year.
2015, you were full of love and friendship and laughter. Yes, you had your sad times, your exhausting times, your difficulties. Some of those I’m still processing. Others I’m ready to leave behind and move on from. But I can’t look back on 2015 and not be filled with gratitude.
What will 2016 bring? Here’s what I know so far:
- I have new stories to share with the world — stay tuned!
- I’m teaching a class at the Piper Writer’s Studio in January
- I’ll be on the faculty at the ASU Desert Nights Rising Stars Conference
- I’ll be the Writer in Residence for Glendale, AZ from March to May
Hopefully there will be some cons in there. Fingers crossed for San Diego and Phoenix.
I’m also looking to migrate this blog over to my main website (www.amyknichols.com). I’ve avoided doing this for the sake of this post, which has made such a difference in so many people’s lives, and I don’t want it to become difficult to find. So the migration might not be right away. I have to make sure it’ll be seamless and I don’t lose people following that post. But I’ll let you all know when it happens.
Keep your eye out for some new creative ventures here and around the web. Aside from novels, I’m looking to get into some other…media…stuff. Vague, I know…
As always, my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported me this year by reading my books and telling others about them. So much of this business is word of mouth. I can’t tell you how amazing it has been to hear from those of you who wrote and told me how much you enjoyed the books. Thank you! And a special thanks to the librarians and booksellers out there. You totally rock.
For those who haven’t read the novels yet, I hope you’ll give them a go! You can purchase the hardback versions, of course, and the paperback — which is in a really cool, two-in-one, flip book layout–will hit shelves February 2! Pre-order your copy today!
Wishing you a joyful and blessed 2016! May this be the year your dreams come true.