Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

The 2012 Year In Review

Carrying on in the tradition of my annual Year In Review posts where I took a look back at each of 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, here's my review of 2012 from a blogging and writing perspective.

Blogging

Late last year I decided to start blogging every day. This obviously had an impact on the amount of content produced and the number of posts I ended up with. I was kind of surprised, though, that it didn't result in a new high. As this table shows, 2010 remains my most prolific year as a blogger.

Year Total Posts For Year
2008 157  
2009 219 62
2010 363 144
2011 407 44
2012 514 107

Still, 107 posts is significantly better than the previous year and I managed to just come in over 500 total. 500! Wow, it feels good to be able to write that.

In terms of traffic, I'm going to hold off on the effect that making daily posts has had. As one would expect, traffic is up. But is it up significantly year-to-year from when I wasn't blogging every day? That's a determination for a future post.

In 2012, I once again reminded people to make backing up your data a priority. I jumped into KDP Select, enrolling both of my novels, but ultimately bailed on the program. Just not for me. I ran giveaways for print editions of The Five Elements and The Hall of the Wood. I finally threw in the towel on free promotions. I talked a little bit about eBook pricing. I revealed a new cover and product page for The Five Elements, was interviewed on Kindle Fantasy Authors, and talked a bit about achieving perfection, or trying to anyway. I joined the Magic Appreciation Tour, discussed the direction I plan to take The Alchemancer series, gave my opinion of reviews and why I've generally stopped reading them, listed out some reasons why I don't follow everyone back on Twitter, and announced I was no longer making print editions of my novels available. I furthered my online presence by establishing a Facebook fan page and started blogging every day. I featured my first ever guest post, featuring a post by Tracy Falbe. Last, I offered up some predictions for the ePublishing industry as we move into 2013. That post got about 1,000 views in the first three days as it got picked up by a few on Twitter.

Here's what dedicated readers and those just passing by found most useful in terms of posts written in 2012:

  1. KDP Select Promotion 1 Wrap-up
  2. The Failure of Free
  3. The Characters of The Five Elements
  4. The Places of The Five Elements
  5. What to do with an Amazon review containing spoilers
  6. The Five Elements: Free on Kindle Today Only
  7. The Great Free Experiment
  8. The Five Elements Giveaway
  9. 5 out of 5 stars for The Five Elements by reader Timmain
  10. The Five Elements: Now Free Tomorrow, too

Here's the overall Top 10 (out of the 500+ posts) with number of views in parenthesis:

  1. Publishing’s Big 6: Who are they? (26249)
  2. eBook File Formats (26133)
  3. Book Review: The Soldier Son Trilogy by Robin Hobb (17366)
  4. Novels (9412)
  5. Has the fantasy genre become stagnant? (9223)
  6. Weekend Links - 7/3/08 (8806)
  7. Recommended Reference - The Synonym Finder (8675)
  8. Fiction: How Long Is Too Long? (7908)
  9. Locus Online: 2007 Cover Art Gallery (7697)
  10. How much do you make selling through Amazon's Kindle store? (7478)

That's 128,947 combined views! If you look at the total number of views of all posts, it's 953,371. Almost 1 million views since my first post back in January, 2008.

Now, on to writing.

Writing

I didn't complete the next novel in the Alchemancer series. That was a bit of a disappointment for me. But I made some moves related to the day job about mid-year which has put me in a good position to finish the next book by early 2013. On the plus side, I've got a solid outline I'm working from and I'm making consistent, daily progress.

Also, I've added a lot of worldbuilding type of info to the World of Uhl site. Information about the various kingdoms, their people, and specific characters that show up in my novels. Go check it out.

Last, I've got maps coming. The first one to go along with the story told in The Hall of the Wood is finished. I'll do a reveal in the next couple of weeks and also get it integrated into the eBook. The next map to come my way will be the one to go along with The Five Elements. Then I have two coming for The Nullification Engine, which is the next book in the Alchemancer series. The final and fifth map I've commissioned my cartographer to create is of Uhl itself. A full-on world map. It should be glorious.

Conclusion

I'll conclude with some stats and a thanks to everyone who has made this blog a success for me by stopping by, reading, commenting, and spreading the good word through Twitter and other social media outlets.

Thanks!

  • Total number of posts at EOY: 514 (at end of 2011: 407)
  • Total number of posts written in 2012: 107 (at end of 2011: 407)
  • Total number of views for all posts: 953,371 (at end of 2011: 716,639; an increase of 236,732)
  • Average posts/month: 8.9 (at end of 2011: 4)