Reflections on Writing, Publishing, and Finishing a Series

NB: I started writing this just after I’d finished, but only just finished writing it.

Today is a strange day. After eleven years and millions of words (yes, really), I have finished the What Happens in… series.

Everyone always thinks finishing a book is a happy occasion, and while it is, it’s often bittersweet. There’s a grieving period involved. After all, you’ve dedicated months (or more often than not, years) to your work in progress. For it to no longer need you is unsettling and confusing. What will you do now?

That being said, even if you do know what you want to do next, it can still feel strange to have these people that have lived inside your head for so long not need to be there anymore.

It leaves an empty space in your mind, one that must be filled by the next project. As many of you already know, I have that next project—Hollywood Gossip.

I have lots of things planned for Tate and Jack, and I’m excited to share them with you.

My first step—and the biggest difference between Hollywood Gossip and What Happens in…—is drafting every book in the series back-to-back. This means I should be able to release much faster.

It will mean slowing down on my release schedule for a few months, but I think I’ve done pretty well to release five books in twelve months. That was never my plan. But after the year that 2019 has shaped up to be, I’ve buried myself in my books to escape reality even more so than usual.

After the year that 2019 has been, I need some downtime. The next few months will be spent writing, training our puppy Millie, and focusing on my health and day job. It’ll also be spent celebrating, because I truly believe that we should celebrate the little things.

Millie the west highland terrier
You can follow her on Instagram: @WestHighlandMillie

I have big things coming up too: a work trip to Mallorca, and mine and Boyfriend’s ten-year anniversary. While we’re not married, we are very much an old married couple in every sense of the term. I wouldn’t be here without him, and I wouldn’t be able to function without him. He planted the suggestion that I should self publish several years ago. Back then, I still carried the prejudice that it was vanity publishing. Oh, how things change.

The prejudice around self pub still prevails in many places—traditionally published friends of mine get invited more speaking opportunities because they have a publisher to make them look more legitimate.

Book sales and online rankings only account for so much in a lot of people’s heads. 

There’s nothing I can do about that, of course. I’m not here to convince anyone that my way of operating is for them. It’s a lot of work, and it really isn’t for most people.

But then, people don’t always know what they sign up for when they traditionally publish either. It’s part of why I published Writing Myths. It’s also why I like to share articles about the realities of royalties on my social media. It’s such a dumb system.

Don’t get me wrong, Amazon isn’t infallible—I regularly get my UK royalties late, which is 99% of my royalties—but at least the money my book makes only goes to me and the distributor, which means I make a whole lot more than someone who publishes traditionally and could make anything from 50% to as little as 1% for every copy sold. Things like that are part of why I stopped shopping at discount book shops like The Works. I feel too guilty about how little authors earn after putting all that work in.

You do put in more work when you go indie, though.

No matter how you publish, you end up working for less than minimum wage. You have to be in it either as a hobbyist who doesn’t care about the money, or for the long haul if you want to receive any reader or critical acclaim, and of course, money.

Which camp am I in? I think you know that already. Writing is my life and always has been. It’s why I’ve hidden in it these last seven months. I wouldn’t have survived without it. That, and a more efficient planning process, is how I’ve published so much this year. 

But that’s a post for another day and another blog.

In the meantime, I’m off to get Millie cuddles while reading a good book. If you’ve got any recommendations, let me know in the comments!

Happy reading 🙂 

Behind the Spotlight is out now!

Yep, that’s right—Behind the Spotlight, the latest addition to the What Happens in… universe, is now live!

Behind the Spotlight by Kristina Adams

You can download your copy from your favourite ereader platform by going here:


It’s only 99p if you download before next Thursday. After that, the price goes up! So grab your bargain while you can 😉

Enjoy reading about Cameron and Luke? Please leave a rating/review! These make a huge difference to other readers’ buying decisions, and they can also be a great motivational tool for authors 😉

Happy reading!

What Happened in Barcelona: All in the Name of Literary Research

Back in October, Boyfriend and I travelled to Barcelona in the name of literary research.

I’d planned to share the photos before then, but you know, priorities.

And also Boyfriend took better photos than me so I had to steal them from him before I could use them, but I was too lazy to filter through them all. First World problems, I know.

Anyway, the lighting is a bit hit and miss because I’m too lazy to edit things and the weather was all over the place while we were there. Some days it was amazing. Other days it poured with rain out of nowhere. Then it was amazing again. Honestly it was more unpredictable than it is in England. Our taxi driver even apologised to us on the way back to the airport for the bad weather!

But you don’t really care about that, do you? Here’s a look at some of the photos from our trip. We don’t take photos often—it’ll probably be another three years before more are taken of us together! (No, seriously. The last photos prior to this that were taken of us together were taken at the launch of What Happens in New York…)

Here’s to many more adventures in the name of literary research!

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What’s in it for me?
All the books. I’m pivoting my focus over the next few months, meaning that there’ll be more books for you to read.

I’ve got three books coming out this year, which means you’ll have plenty to get your teeth into.

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Meet the cover for What Happens in Barcelona!

I’ve been planning the events in this book since long before I started working on What Happens in New York.

The key scene that happens in What Happens in Barcelona has always been inevitable. It wasn’t a question of what, it was a question of how.

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Introducing the Productivity for Writers Paperback

Ever since Productivity for Writers was published, I’ve toyed with whether or not to create a print version.

Initially I chose not to because doing so is time-consuming and reaps little rewards.

However, after I downloaded Scrivener 3, I felt Productivity for Writers would be the perfect opportunity for me to practise with its new formatting options.

And it was.

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More Marketing Changes (This Time, on Social Media)

A few months ago now, I wrote about how I’m changing my marketing tactics.

I’m pleased to say that since I did so, book sales have gone up.

Not only that, but hits to The Writer’s Cookbook have tripled.

Now it’s time for more changes to my marketing strategy…

New social media usernames

When you’re trying to build a brand, it’s important that it’s easy for your audience to find you.

One of the ways to do this is to have the same username on all social media platforms.

I’d attempted this a few times, but every time I came up with a username I liked, it was either taken or too long for Twitter.

Recently, I settled on using the same name as this blog for my social media. But that was also too long for Twitter 🙄

So I decided rather than sacrificing the username I wanted, I’d use that everywhere else (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest), and pick a shorter version for Twitter.

And that’s what I’ve done!

Here’s where you can now find me:

Where to find Kristina Adams on social media.

You can still find me on Google+ as well, but since that won’t let me add a custom URL (I’ve no idea why), I haven’t included it in the list.

I’ve also created a completely new Instagram that focuses on my books and blog. Unlike my other account, it’s a business account, so I can schedule posts in advance. I currently use Planoly for this, but if you use a different tool to schedule posts to Instagram I’d love to hear about it!

Next step

My next step is to set up SmarterQueue. I gave their trial a go earlier in the month and was really impressed. It’s super easy to use and my followers and engagement rates skyrocketed. Since the trial ended, they’ve plummeted 😱

Once that’s ready to go, my evergreen content will share to my social media accounts automatically. This will give me more time to create content, write books, and get more done.

How do you manage your social media accounts? Do you have the same username across all platforms? Why/why not?

Why I’m Focusing on Reading Quality, Not Quantity, in 2018

Aiming to read a certain number of books in a year helps to keep you focused.

Sharing that number online adds a further level of accountability.

It’s thanks to tracking my reading on Goodreads that I read more books in 2017 than in any other year of my life.

I’m super proud of this achievement, but, as I got further into my goal for the year, cracks started to appear.

There were some books that needed to be read more slowly so that I could fully understand and process their wisdom.

Other books—particularly fiction—didn’t require this quite so much. I read more nonfiction last year, though, and I intend to continue this trend in 2018.

That’s why, in 2018, my new goal is to focus on reading quality, not quantity.

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From Productive to Painful: Reflections on 2017

I’ve been trying to write a post about everything that happened in 2017 all month.

Truth is, I don’t really know where to start.

It’s been a tumultuous year. Not just politically, but for me personally, too. (I’m not going down the rabbit hole of this year’s politics. That’s a whole book right there.)

If I’d known just how things were going to pan out in the latter half of the year, I never would’ve scheduled Productivity for Writers to be published in September.