Well, it’s going to take some time before I hear back from agents (it can take months sometimes), so all I can do it move forward and start setting the stage for volume two. It takes a little bit to get back into the groove, but once I have Aliyah back in the spirit well, I don’t doubt that I’ll be back to writing 4-5 pages a day. Just give me an energy drink and I’ll be good to go.
Currently, I’m working on becoming more active on social media and getting more followers. No longer can I assume that writing a good book is all it takes to get eyes on it. Now, I need to work on getting the word out to as many people as I can. You can also expect to see me promoting lots of other middle grade authors on there as well, hopefully building a nice community of support. That’s the goal, anyway. If you haven’t already, feel free to check out my Twitter (@TEHoltz) where I’ll be posting random things, including small moments from Aliyah and the Spirit Well.
On a more random topic, I went on what’s known as the “potato diet” recently to lose some weight. It’s mostly that you can only eat potatoes (with a few seasonings) and nothing else, but you can eat as much of them as you want. You do that for two weeks and you’ll pretty much always lose weight. While I did, indeed lose 4 pounds over two weeks (and I was cheating a bit), I wouldn’t recommend it. I would suggest moderating your sugar and fat intake, exercise, and using Cronometer, which is a wonderful tool for helping you keep track of what you’re eating and how much fat, sugar, carbs, vitamins, etc. that you’re getting. I highly recommend it.
To leave off, I’ll drop you this little-known song that a friend sent me. It’s a decent listen, so check it out.