This month was my year anniversary for having a book published. July 19, 2010 was the date that Modern Day Drifter became available to buy on Amazon via the ebook route. Since then, it is now available on Smashwords, Sony, Barnes & Noble, and a few other places. In that time I have also published a second book, Through Smoke, which has a more meaty plot and has done somewhat better than my first book.
However, this blog is not really about that. When it comes down to being self published, marketing plays a huge role in getting your book out there in the public eye. It literally is a second job and takes a lot of time. I'll be the first to say that I'm not the best with it. I use Twitter and Facebook to link my book, but even now it seems that those wells have ran dry. My sales have lagged pretty substantially for July. But wait! Before you think I'm trying to get sympathy, just hear me out! ;-)
The whole purpose of this blog update was to say that I'm just going to push through the marketing woes and sales and continue to do what I love, and that is to just continue to write. I am currently working on book three and am really -hoping- to have it out by late summer/early fall. I'm cutting it really close! I read a quote from someone on Twitter that said:
"Unhappy with the sales of your book? It's simple - just write another one."
It really hit home to me. Writing is my escape from real life. I love creating characters in scenes where I can do what I want with them and have complete control. A few weeks back I was really feeling discouraged with writing. When I wasn't selling much I felt like I have failed as a writer. People weren't reviewing my books. I even questioned if anyone was even reading my stuff. I didn't have any inspiration. When I saw this quote it was like a fire got lit underneath me. I sat and thought about it. I used to write fanfiction long before I ever started writing original fiction. I didn't get paid for that and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Why? - Because I love to write.
The only time I ever started "disliking" it was when money got involved. Why did that change it? Why was I suddenly getting greedy about it? That's not who I am. Now I'm looking at it from a different perspective. I'm going to continue to do what I love. I'm going to write out stories and escape everyday life. I'll still publish the books as ebooks and put them up for sale. However, I won't let the amount I sale affect my mood toward my favorite hobby. They will be out there, available to read for those who want, and any money I make is just the icing on top. I just want people reading my stories. :-)
I knew I had to get back to the basics and enjoy the ART of writing. The PASSION of writing. As they say, money is the root of all evil and I'm guilty of letting it sway me. My goal is to try not to let it bother me anymore.
Happy writing to all!