Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, and I hope 2020 is a good one for everyone.

A huge thank you to everyone who has been on the 2019 journey with me. I wouldn’t have made it this far without you guys.

2019 has been a mixed bag, both personally and professionally. Our family is ending our year with the knowledge that we will soon be saying goodbye to a loved one, and that despite that we still need to live our lives and move forward without her.

On the writing front, I had plans to publish at least two books this year, but have had to focus on republishing my backlist, and taking the plunge into becoming an indie author. Although this has been a huge learning curve, I’m excited about having control over my books, and being able to write what I want to. It’s also been an opportunity to revisit my backlist and tweak books before republishing.

As part of that I’ve got a shiny new publishing logo for my indie publishing name—LaceDragon publishing—and set up an author group, and an author page.

So…this year I published, or rather republished, one book – Slow Dreaming

Lou Sylvre and I signed two contracts: Sunset at Pencarrow will be republished with JMS Books in January & The Harp and the Sea will be published with NineStar Press later in the year.

We’ll have a cover reveal in early January for you for Pencarrow. JMS has given us a fabulous cover and we’re excited to share it.

I also wrote the first draft of Rosebound, the first of my Kiwi Psi series, and am 58K into Forgotten in Fire, which is book 2 of Dragons of Astria.

My writing goals for 2020 are:
Repub 8 of my backlist. Then, I will be focusing on Dragons of Astria. Book 1 needs some substantial rewriting, expanding, and edits, and I’m aiming to republish it later in the year, with book 2 and 3 not far behind.

Apart from On Wings of Song, Shades of Sepia, and Family and Reflection all the repubs will have new covers. I already have a gorgeous cover for Prelude to Love from Morningstar Ashley, which I’ll share closer to publication time.

I’m attending GLO in March 2021 in Sydney so need to get organised for that, so working on my backlist, and new titles is part of that. I also need to look into swag, and all the other fun stuff that comes with attending an author signing event.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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