It’s Indiecember! And, Also, I Forgot I Published a Book… 🤷🏽‍♀️

To make tasks easier, I break them down to do certain parts on certain days. So, I filmed my Authortube video Friday night, was going to edit on Saturday, and have it uploaded and ready for you to watch today (Sunday.) Well, come Saturday night, I found out the audio was corrupted, making the video no good. It was too late when I learned this, so I had no time to reshoot and have it ready in time.

After ranting and complaining to Robert for about ten minutes, I found myself wishing I never started making videos because all I want to do anyway is write. Then it hit me that I could just that and turn the video into… a blog.

So, here it is! And, luckily, a new blog post is way overdue for my website. I mean, the solution was obvious, I just needed to be dramatic for a little bit. We’re allowed to upset when things go wrong. If anyone says otherwise, tell them I said they can fight me.

If this is your first visit to my site, I’m Naley Gonzalez and I’m currently in the process of publishing my first novel. To be more specific, I’m in the middle of edits and making good progress. I may have just jinxed myself, but we’ll pretend I didn’t.

Last year, I shared how this month is Indiecember! What is Indiecember? Created by Megan Tennant, it’s a month dedicated to reading and reviewing self-published books! Indiecember itself is a fun bingo game to help share, promote, and discover indie-authors.

There are two ways to win:

  • The Bingo Method: Each book counts once and you win by drawing a line across the board.IMG_0521
  • The Flush Method: Each book counts multiple times, but you have to cover the entire board.IMG_0521 2

Reviews must be done during the month of December for it to count, so if you read a book self-published author at any time of the year but never got around to writing a review on Amazon, now is the time to do it! Once you leave a review, you can cover the corresponding spot on the board created by Megan. Want a board of your own so you can participate? Click here to pick out your favorite one from Megan’s site and read up on the rules.


Remember, this is also a time to share and discover self-published authors. To help with this, I shared other authors I read in the last year or so on my Instagram story. One of those authors was Cālix Leigh-Reign. The first book in her Scion Saga, Opaque, IMG_0530is an intense sci-if fantasy about 16 year old Adam who meets Carly and discovers he’s capable of impressive supernatural abilities. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, deeply woven history, and a teen romance unlike all others, I recommend Opaque whether you do this reading challenge or not.

The following morning, after sharing her book, I woke to a post that she was currently reading a book written by me. This threw me for a loop because my first thought was “Where did she find this??” Then I remembered… Back in 2012, I self-published to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Kobo a little book called Daisies on Graves. It’s a collection of short stories and poetry that came straight out of high school because I had just graduated the year before. Look at the cover. I was so edgy back then.DaisiesOnGraves

The biggest reason I did it was to set a fire under my ass, so I would finish my novel and publish it within that year… That was 8 years ago, so we can all see how well that worked out. I literally just threw it up on B&N, Amazon, Kobo and my website and never looked back. And then I stopped paying attention to my website and now we can see where that got us.

I have to admit, I’m happy Cālix shared it because it’s a good little book that I genuinely forgot existed, but it shows how much I’ve grown as a writer. Most importantly, it makes me excited to share my latest novel with you—which will be available in October of 2020, I promise. I’m working on it every day. You can ask me on Twitter to be sure.

My collection of short stories, Daisies on Graves, is available as an ebook for .99 cents on Barnes & Noble,  Amazon, and Kobo. It fits perfectly in the 0-9 reviews and (if you’re feeling generous) the Poetry box for Indiecember.

Though this isn’t a video, remember to subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more writing and book content. Click the follow button up above so you never miss when I post a new blog (which I will do more, I swear,) and follow me on social media because I need chatting buddies for when I’m avoiding editing and other responsibilities.

As always, thanks reading. Until next time.

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