My (writing) story of 2020, looking back at a strange year.


First of all, I’d like to wish all my readers all the best for 2021.


2020 has been a strange year and not just for the obvious reasons. It’s time to look back at what I achieved.

I published four new novels. One Steampunk adventure (which may well become a series), one stand-alone crime/sci-fi (with a possible sequel), the third Dave Travise story and another Andorra Pett mystery.



All my work has had a complete revamp, with new formatting for all my eBooks and paperbacks, plus a new look for all the covers.



Work has started on producing audiobook versions of all my novels, featuring some talented narrators. There are three titles completed so far, with another four in progress.



Several of my older books were also consolidated into box-sets. These will be on sale at a special price in January, more details to follow.



I’ve doubled sales of eBooks and paperbacks and have increased my K.U. page reads by 600% over the past twelve months. Audiobook sales are in three figures, after only starting in September.


I also started doing a lot more marketing this year. Both paid and free advertising, plus promotion on newsletter swaps, with a free novella as a giveaway.

While I’ve been learning how to advertise, I’ve almost broken even and I’ve also seen a definite upturn in sales and page-reads of sequels. Which means that people must be reading and liking the series starters.

As the new year approaches, I need to decide on a strategy for 2021. Obviously, the marketing push will increase, the other part of the equation, what to finish and publish next, is not quite as clear.

I have several projects in the works but, unlike last year, nothing that is close to completion.

There are series to add to, The Balcom Dynasty and Horis Strongman’s Norlandian adventures being the most obvious.

There are several sequels to complete (which may well become series), a new Andorra Pett adventure to write and last year’s NaNoWriMo winning story to finish. Oh, and the new idea I had. Plus, there are a couple of short stories that I want to turn into novels. That’s all before I get to anything else that might pop into my mind.

All I need to do is decide which one to get on with first. I’ll be talking about that in another post.



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4 Responses

  1. Darlene Foster

    You did very well last year. Give yourself a pat on the back! In a year were some had trouble concentrating, you just kept motoring on. Keep it up.

  2. Marje

    Well done Richard, I think you have much to be proud of. I feel I have fallen behind on many things but am glad to have accomplished a few things too! Somehow I seem more drawn to writing short fiction and poetry than longer fiction these days. I’m not sure if this change is temporary or covid related! We’ll see… All the best for 2021 to you and your family when it comes.

    • Richard Dee

      Thank you, writing and family have been the constants that have kept me going this year. All best wishes to you for the times to come.

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