Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017! | Jo Linsdell

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

2016 has come to an end. I can't say that I'm all that sorry to see it go. I am however very grateful to have reached the end of it, as many did not. Over this year we lost so many talents. As an 80's girl a huge part of my youth passed on during 2016. 

Sadly my MacBook Pro also died on New Year's Eve. Not a nice way to finish a year, and definitely not a good way to start a new one. I'm hoping that I can extract all the files so I don't lose any of the work I did on it. Fingers crossed.

Luckily I still have my old laptop but, as you can imagine, it's just not the same. I'm still trying to work out which programs I no longer have and how I can work around the issue. 

On a more positive note, as I backed up my novels by emailing them to myself as I was writing them, I do have copies of those *sighs with relief*

I don't want this message to be a sad one though and so I won't dwell on what was lost. Instead I'd like to focus on what's to come. That said, 2017 please be awesome and don't take any more of my idols. 

P.S. a new Mac would be great.


So what do you have planned for 2017? How are you going to make 2017 your best year yet? 


I'm hoping to make 2017 my most productive year yet, and will be starting it with a bang. In January I'll be taking part in the STORYSTORM challenge hosted by Tara Lazar (You can register here if you'd like to take part too)

I'm an official participant of #STORYSTORM 2017

For the challenge I'll be brainstorming, outlining, and first drafting a new book each day. I've picked out the projects I want to develop already from my ever-growing list of book ideas. It'll be a mixture of children's books, non fiction, and novels. I won't get bored that's for sure ;)

I'm also going to be writing a serial fiction called KOSMOS to be released in 2017. I'm really excited about this new project, and can't wait to introduce you all to the cast of characters. 

I'll be sharing the cover reveal for the first book in the KOSMOS series The Pendant with you next week so make sure you check back on 9th January for an exclusive glimpse at the cover. Did I mention how excited I am about this series?! ;)

I'm also going to be doing the A Story A Week which has the goal of writing 52 short stories in 2017 (one a week). 

Book Covers

I'm working on some new pre-made book cover designs and will be launching them soon. Make sure you sign up at as a Book Cover VIP for first dibs on new designs at discounted prices.

I'm also happy to make custom book covers for both ebooks and print. So get in touch if you'd like to hire me.

Promo Day

Promo Day will be back again on Saturday 6th May 2017 and I'm working to make it the best event yet. Webinars, pitch sessions with publishers, giveaways, and more... it's going to be awesome! As always, you can register for FREE at 

Register now for #PromoDay2017 at

In conclusion

My 2017 is set to be a very productive year, and I hope yours will be too. I'll be setting up a new ARC team later this month for you lovely people that can't wait to review my books. 

The aim of the ARC team is to collect as many reviews as possible for my new releases. Not everyone will be selected to be part of the ARC team, but those that are will be sent a free advance copy of my new releases for review. I'll share more detail of how it works, and how to be part of it later this month, along with info about how to sign up. 

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank you again for all your support. Whether it's reading my books, hiring me for illustration work/graphic design, or just being part of my cheerleader team as I throw myself into yet another project, you guys ROCK! I really appreciate your support.