2017 in Review - Russell Newquist

2017 in Review


2017 was a good year here at the Newquist house. We accomplished quite a lot in many aspects of our lives.

On the publishing front:

  • I published my first novel to quite good success for a first novel from an indie author.
  • I also published the followup novella, also to good success.
  • My next novel is more than 40% complete.
  • Silver Empire tripled the number of novels we have in “print.”
  • Silver Empire’s book sales rose by a whopping 474%
  • Our page reads on Kindle Unlimited proved even more impressive, rising by a staggering 17,656%

In the world of the martial arts:

  • Two of my students earned the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt)
  • Eleven of my students earned the rank of Shodan (black belt)
  • Our fifth annual Extra Life charity event was our biggest and best ever

On the general front:

  • Blog traffic rose 105% despite rather light posting.
  • My Twitter followers are up by at least 50%, but I can’t get an accurate count because Twitter is fubarred

Of course, all was not perfect this year.

  • I lost a long time friend and martial arts mentor this year
  • Blog posting was far lighter than promised. However, that was a strategic decision and not an accident.
  • We’ve had one or two publishing projects from 2017 delayed

Still, it was a good year overall and 2018 promises to be even better. We’ve got some major Silver Empire announcements, the first coming tomorrow. We’ve got big things afoot at the dojo. And you ain’t seen nothing yet from the world of Peter Bishop!

Russell Newquist

My name is Russell Newquist. I am a software engineer, a martial artist, an author, an editor, a businessman and a blogger. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, but I'm technically a high school dropout. I also think that everything in this paragraph is pretty close to meaningless. I work for a really great small company in Huntsville, Alabama building really cool software. I'm the owner and head instructor of Madison Martial Arts Academy, which I opened in 2013 less to make money and more because I just really enjoy a good martial arts workout with friends. I'm the editor in chief of Silver Empire and also one of the published authors there. And, of course, there is this blog - and all of its predecessors. There's no particular reason you should trust anything I say any more than any other source. So read it, read other stuff, and think for your damn self - if our society hasn't yet over-educated you to the point that you've forgotten how.

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