Friday, January 6, 2012

A New Year and Some New Changes

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Hello all,
I'm sure there are some who are wondering...what the hell has happened to Robin. Has she dropped off the face of the planet? Well sort of.
In November through mid-December I was hard at work getting some releases out for Ridan and I didn't want my blogging to distract from that focus. I was literally working around the clock and sleeping very few hours a day and I did manage to get a lot accomplished...but not all that I wanted as tragedy stuck.
I don't want to go into all the details but the long and the short of it is my dad passed away. He has had problems with his heart over the past few years and has had angioplasty and an imbedded defibrillator for some time now. His health started to deteriorate at Thanksgiving which made us wonder if his time was getting short. But then he rebounded and it looked like a bullet was dodged. We were wrong.
Dad passed between Christmas and New Years and I’ve been working on final arrangements, complicated by the fact that he lived alone and 3,000 miles away. This of course has made it difficult to anything and once again puts me behind on the Ridan projects I had ongoing.
So, I may continue to be scarce for awhile yet. But I will try to bop in at least once in a while with some helpful marketing tips or my opinions on the constantly changing publishing landscape. There is much I want to share with you all over the next few weeks.

• My opinions on Amazon Select and what it means to indies and publishing as a whole.
• The fact that 42 of the top 50 USA Today titles now sell more in ebook then print
• How Michael’s release with Orbit has gone

I also want to start doing podcasting and even some video posts as I can get more content out there in a short period of time. Santa brought me some nice equipment for just this purpose and hopefully I shall be integrating that soon.
I hope I still have a few fans that are still interested in what I have to say. I’m sure many of you have gone on to other blogs to get your “fix” but hopefully I’ll still be able to contribute something meaningful to this whole wacky world that writing and publishing has become.

Here's hoping that I'll be back with you soon.

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36 comments:

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Hi Robin.

Sorry to hear about your Dad. Hope all goes smoother for you.

Sounds like you have many great projects planned as well. :) Look forward to seeing, and hearing, what you have planned. :)

Take care. Happy New Year.

Charmaine said...

My condolences on the passing of your dad. Blessings!

Rob Cornell said...

My condolences on your loss. Losing a parent leaves a big hole, I know.

But it is good to see you back. I look forward to the podcasts and videos. I have to admit, with the amount of blogs I try to keep up with, resting my eyes and using my ears sounds great.

E.J. Wesley said...

Really sorry for your loss Robin. Hope this year offers you a lot of happiness and success.

EJ

K.C. Neal said...

Oh good grief, I don't know why my original comment disappeared....

I always look forward to your take on things, can't wait to hear what you have to say about the Select program.

Condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father, and best wishes in the new year.....

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Very sorry to hear of the loss of your father.

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Robin, so sorry for your loss. Take your time and do what you have to. We'll be here!

I am looking very much forward to what you have to say on the whole Kindle Select business.

-Wendy Tyler Ryan

Ruth Harris said...

Robin, So sorry to hear about your Dad. This is a stressful period so take care of yourself.

Look forward to your insights...I always appreciate what you have to say.

Jon Moss said...

My condolences, Robin, on the passing of your father. I will keep you in my prayers.

Erin Edwards said...

Robin, I have missed your insight; so sorry to hear about your dad's passing.

I would really love to hear your thoughts on Amazon Prime! I'm about to sign up but I have mixed feelings about it.

Mercy Loomis said...

So sorry for your loss. Don't worry, we'll still be here when life is less crazy. :)

Very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts on developments in publishing and how Michael's deal is going. And a podcast would be AWESOME.

Libby said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad, Robin. My thoughts are with you.

Carey_Corp said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My condolences for your loss.

I am looking forward to your perspective on all the recent changes. Welcome back!

Jay Lowder said...

Sorry to hear about your dad, especially over the Holidays.

Donald Wells said...

My condolences on your loss.

Sierra Gardner said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. And amazed that you still manage to get so much done =)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Robin, I am so sorry about your father! Prayers for you and your family.

josephinewade said...

So sorry for your loss. I know even when it is expected it is still a difficult blow.
You were missed btw.

Josie

Margaret said...

Yes, you have definitely been missed and I look forward to your next post.

So, sorry to hear about your Dad.

Katherine Owen said...

Robin,

I had been wondering where you were, but assumed you were busy with Michael's release/launch and life. Please take care of yourself. Losing a parent is so hard and I'm so sorry for your loss.

Iain Edward Henn said...

Sorry to hear of your loss, Robin. I look forward to your return, as I'm sure all your followers do.

R.E. McDermott said...

Dear Robin,

Been there, done that, and you have my deepest condolences along with my thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Take as much down time as you need without worrying about losing this fan. Your place on my Google Reader is secure, and it will alert me when you post again. I (and I suspect the majority of your readers) aren't going anywhere.

Sincerely,

Bob

Merrill Heath said...

Condolences to you on the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Robin Sullivan said...

Thanks all...I appreciate the thoughts and prayers.

Dan said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Take the time you need. I didn't and regretted it.

John Twipnook said...

Very sorry to hear about your dad. What a lousy time of year for it, too.

I indeed have missed your insight and analysis concerning self-publishing current events. Glad you're blogging! Don't work too hard, stay healthy.

cidney swanson said...

Robin, so sorry to hear you've lost someone dear. My sincere condolences, along with thoughts and prayers. Thanks for letting us know.

Elizabeth K. said...

Sorry to hear about you father, death of a loved one is such a hard transition to move through.
Don't worry about us, we'll be fine! You're still a great source for news and encouragement, so I for one will be happy to wait until you get your ducks in a row again.
Hope you have a better few months here to get caught up in!
Elizabeth Kaiser

Lindsay said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Robin. Thank you for taking the time to keep in touch with us, even though it's probably the last thing on your mind right now. Best wishes.

Bridget McKenna said...

Robin, I was sorry to hear of your loss. How thoughtful of you to think of your readers at this time.

I'll look forward to reading your blog when you return.

Tim said...

Robin,

I'm so sorry about your dad. Your blog readers can wait. Take care of your family matters and Ridan first. We'll be here.

Robert Bidinotto said...

Robin, my wife and I have been away on vacation since Christmas, and this is the first that I learned of your loss of your father. I'm terribly sorry. I hope the presence of family and friends eases the burden on you during this difficult time.

Hugs,

Robert

Splitter's Blog said...

Thoughts and prayers to you and yours. Yes, you were missed greatly.

Splitter

Suzanne said...

My commiserations on your loss. Don't worry about your readers. We're all still here. :-)

Suzanne Adair

David Gaughran said...

Sorry to hear about your father, Robin.

Kristen said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your father, Robin. We lost my husband's father a few years ago and I know how hard that is.

I only recently started reading your blog, but what you share is amazing and I'm glad to see you back here and with such a wonderful year planned.

Good luck and you're in my thoughts.