Please don’t laugh at my joy. Here goes nothing!
I have a day job.
I take care of my disabled parent.
I fix myself dinner.
And, then I work on my writing from 6 to Midnight (sometimes longer).
My hard work paid off.
I checked Amazon the day after I published my first official fiction e-book which was on sale for 99-cents on Amazon (free this week only). I had a strong feeling that there wouldn’t be much happening in the Amazon KDP reports section.
What I saw shocked me.
Someone bought my book.
They weren’t reading it for free.
They didn’t subscribe for an email newsletter with a free e-book attached.
They. Bought. A. Book!
Okay, so, it was 35-cents for a royalty.
But, OMG, I sold a book.
I didn’t know who to tell. So, I kept it a secret.
I was proud. So, proud.
But, I knew haters would hate. And, folks who didn’t believe in me wouldn’t care about the sale.
But, I cared, because even though I’m not starving, in fact, I’m pleasantly plump.
I sold a book.
So, this post really goes out to the person who did little marketing, a tiny bit of social media work, and a lot of finger crossing. Now, what if I had actually tried…, which I am trying now!!
Now, I’m learning how to market my work better.
I signed up for more social media sites to share my cute images (thanks, Unsplash.com).
And, I did something that freaked me out…, I asked for supporters. And, would you believe, I got support.
I learned many things, during my first month since publishing an e-book. I plan to share more posts about future books.
I want to make things transparent for new writers and authors.
For instance, as of this writing, I have about 14 individuals with copies of my e-books. It’s only been a month. My goal by December 9th, 2018 is to have 20 e-books distributed.
And, like I mentioned before I didn’t market aggressively, and everything I’ve done so far was for free, and I am nearing that goal. Though, I may need to consider raising the goal next time.
However, I’m going to keep pressing onward. How about you?