Wow, is it really Old Year’s Night? What a year it has been. Overall I’d say it was a good one for me, in literary terms, if not the best health-wise (see my last blog post about that). Without further ado, here’s my wrap-up for 2022.

1. I published 4 books this year

Yep, two poetry books and two novels; pretty productive even if I say so myself. Poetry first with The Redundancy of Tautology on 15 June, followed by my third novel The Blue Man on 29 July, poetry collection A Model Archaeologist on 16 August and fourth novel The Fairy Lights on 10 November.

2. Two of my books got onto bestseller lists

I never expected to have a book on an Amazon bestsellers list, never mind to stay in the top 10 for 8 days in a row, but The Blue Man did just that. At its peak, it also reached 2113 out of the many millions of eBooks in the Kindle store.

The Fairy Lights also made it onto a bestseller rank for hardcovers coming in at #8 on Ingramspark in the category of Ghost fiction.

Before I continue, may I add that having a book get onto a bestseller list doesn’t make it a bestselling book. There’s a world of difference between the two. I was thankful to have enough sales to propel my books onto bestseller lists, even if only for a few days in a row. I always count my blessings!

3. I also launched two Bindweed anthologies, publishing writers and poets worldwide

Although my hubby and I have been running our creative writing ezine, Bindweed Magazine, since 2016, this year we gave it a big overhaul and launched two paperback and Kindle anthologies: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland, both available through Amazon. We are proud to publish writers and poets from all over the world, giving new authors and established authors alike a platform for their writing – and another credit for the writing CV. If you’re a writer and want to submit, check out our submission guidelines.

(As author with my latest novel and as editor/publisher with my latest anthology project)

4. I have read 76 books this year and reached my Goodreads challenge goal

I have been reading mainstream/traditionally published paperbacks through my author Goodreads account and reviewing Indie eBooks on Amazon through my pseudonymous reader account. All in all I have read 76 books this year.

So that’s a wrap for 2022. I have a busy schedule planned for 2023, so let’s see how the literary life unfolds in the new year. Happy New 2023 everyone!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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