Sue Archer

Wordsmith | Editor


fantasy novel

A Year in Bridgepoint: Happy Anniversary!

It’s been exactly one year since Jocelyn “Jinxy” Lancaster saved Bridgepoint with the help of her friends in my novel Fortune’s Shadow. Hugs and deepest thanks to all of you who bought my story, requested it at your library, recommended it to your friends, and posted ratings and reviews. You’re the best!

Picture of Fortune's Shadow with a candle in the shape of a 1 on top flanked by two glossy blue present decorations tied with gold string.

(If you haven’t had the chance yet, and you’d like to read a contemporary fantasy about an indie musician who makes a magical wish that turns her quirky lakeside town upside down, Fortune’s Shadow is available on Amazon, kobo, Apple, and other retailers, as well as library platforms like CloudLibrary and Overdrive. And if you’re in Canada, I can potentially send you a signed copy. Just connect with me here.)

So what’s been happening this year? As far as the self-publishing side of things goes β€” it’s been a completely worthwhile experience, but it’s definitely been a tough time to be a debut author. Although my book is selling online, I haven’t been able to do any in-person events, which is sad. I can’t wait to get out of my house and visit bookstores again! In the meantime, I’m celebrating what I have been able to achieve since my novel launched.

  1. I created my newsletter subscriber list. Hurrah! If you’d like to hear when the next adventure in Bridgepoint is coming out, featuring Jocelyn, Grace, and all the characters you love, please sign up. I’ll be sending occasional news on my progress and will let you know about any upcoming sales or events.
  2. My book was featured in my library’s Local Authors Showcase in January. It’s been circulating ever since, which is such a thrill for me since I basically grew up in libraries.
  3. I’ve been able to keep writing despite everything going on this year, although the pace varies. I’m still optimistic I can get the sequel out either later this year or in early 2022. I’ve also been working on some short stories set in the Nexus Chronicles universe that I’d like to share in my newsletter in the future. (Bridgepoint fans, do you have any featured character requests? Let me know, or add your thoughts below, and I’ll see what I can do!)
  4. I’ve met some fantastic folks and learned a ton about the craft of writing through online conferences like the Nebulas, Flights of Foundry, and FOLD. I’ve met my hero Lois McMaster Bujold and taken a plot workshop from the incredible Julie Czerneda.
  5. To keep healthy and reduce my pandemic stress levels, I’ve been taking regular #StetWalks with a bunch of editors, writers, and other creative folks. We encourage each other to keep moving by sharing pics from our individual journeys on social media. And then this spring, I was asked to help co-create a video about it (called “The #StetWalk Story“), which was featured at the 2021 ACES Conference. (Hollywood, here I come. πŸ˜‰ ) It’s been such an uplifting hashtag in these trying times β€” please check it out and walk with us too if you’re so inclined!

All in all, it’s been a year, but I’m definitely looking forward to the future. I’ll be in touch as soon as I have things to share. In the meantime, please stay healthy, and thanks for your support!

Take care,


P.S. Have any questions for me about my book or my writing process? Feel free to ask below!

New Year, New Book

2020 was…well, a year. When I look back, though, a lot of good things happened in spite of it all. At the top of the good list: I fulfilled my childhood dream of publishing my first novel. No matter what, I will always be proud of that. Even better, Fortune’s Shadow is getting good reviews (and many thanks to those of you who posted your comments and shared them with friends β€” it’s such a big help for visibility when you’re a self-published author).

The best moment of 2020 was when I could finally hold the print copy of my book in my hands. I can’t even describe how that felt, and I’m supposed to be a writer!

In retrospect, considering the dumpster fire that is 2020, I’m glad I chose to write Fortune’s Shadow as a self-contained story with a definitive ending. It’s removed a lot of pressure on how quickly I need to write the next book in the series, although I definitely want to get it out there as soon as possible. I’ve been working away on a fun sequel premise that features more of your favourite characters. My goal right now is to publish it by the end of 2021, and I think I’ll be able to make it. I’ll keep you posted as things progress. I’m also planning to work on some short stories set in the Nexus Chronicles universe that will be available to newsletter subscribers. (Newsletter, you ask? How come I didn’t know about it? It’s because it’s still on my list of “things to do” and only exists in my mind right now. Thanks, 2020! I promise it will be up shortly.)

To all of you β€” thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope you’re well, and I wish you the best for 2021. May we all have a better year than 2020!

Take care and stay safe. I’ll be seeing you soon.


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