Well, technically I've been a writer for about 30 years, but I've officially been a self-published writer for a month.
How has it been going?
It's had it's ups and downs, for sure. I was all set to write a long, pessimistic post about the negative points and pitfalls and look for pity. This is the INSECURE Writers Support Group after all. But you know what? It really has been going pretty well.
I've found tons of support from the writing community as well as friends and family. I had lots of people jump on board and buy the book when it first came out, which was flattering and more than I expected. I was truly serious when I said I would probably only sell 3 copies. But no only did I get a flurry of interest in the first couple of days, I've continued to sell books - a few here, a few there - continuously for the last four weeks, which is hugely encouraging. Some of those books I can't even account for - meaning they're actually being bought by people who don't know me, or barely know me. That's both amazing and terrifying.
|It's like handing out hundreds of these to strangers.
I've gotten several fantastic reviews, which warms the cockles of my black little heart.
The book has ranked a few times in the "Contemporary Fantasy" section of Amazon.ca, peaking on Monday at #13. Since the number "13" is an important plot point in the story, I find this a good sign.
So yeah. As of today I'm optimistic, which I don't say very often.
Sure there's some hiccups. I STILL haven't gotten my tax paperwork sorted out, so all of the (admittedly meagre) money I've made so far is going to be cut 30% to pay Uncle Sam. I had some technical issues whilst tinkering with the file and ended up taking the book offline for the better part of a day. But it's all good now.
|Pictured: Uploading a file to Kobobooks.com
I'm not going to dwell on it now. Like I said, today, I'm in a pretty good mood.
|Here's a happy puppy as proof.
So how has your month been?