Good morning everyone,
After Liz's blog yesterday, this will be a hard act to follow. Wasn't that interesting about her own experience going shopping by herself in Belize? Scary.
Anyway, I'm going to talk about more mundane things. Like publishing on Kindle. I took the leap this summer as I was moving house and needed a break from writing. In my twenty years of writing, I have had little success. Two books with small press, that didn't earn me a dime. I spent more on promotional tools then I ever made on royalties. I have an agent and she has been unable to sell me to New York. Frustration was setting in. I was no longer enjoying the journey. I had worked too long and too hard for too little. Anyone out there know what I mean?
Yes, I heard the success stories of authors who made fame and fortune by self-publishing on Kindle, and I thought--good for them. Well, right of the bat, I want to warn you, that I'm not one of them.
But my romantic comedy, Replacing Barnie, is now making me a very nice monthly check. It has somehow skyrocketed to the top 700 out of 750,000 kindle books. And please don't ask me how I did this-what fantastic promotional campaign did I brilliantly create? I didn't. I didn't promote or do anything because the entire summer it was all about packing, and moving, and unpacking, and remodeling, etc. When I finally found out how to learn about my sales number, I was elated to see that each week the numbers grew. Last month I sold 940 books, this month 860 so far in two weeks. I have two more books that I put up as fast as I could, and they are doing well, but so far the .99cent book is the real money maker. Perhaps it's all in the price. Perhaps, people, other than editors, like romantic comedy. Perhaps it was a cute cover. It's all a crap shoot, I say, and sometimes we just get lucky.
As an experiment, I have bought books in the same genre and same price range as my own books, and have seen the number of sales go up that day. That is the only genius plan I have.
My good friend, Traci Hall, has dubbed me the Queen of Kindle, and if it last's for a day, or a week, or as long as it does, I'm enjoying the small success and find I'm eager to start writing again.
Hope this blog inspires you, and gives you hope, faith, and the courage to keep following your dream.
Good luck, everyone.
Good morning everyone,