So it’s been a little while since I posted last. Well a bit more than a little while. My last post was February first and it’s now the middle of September. Well first things first, for those that care, since I last posted I’ve sold a total of 7 books. All of those Stolen Memories on the kindle, my Amelia Bennett Chronicles were not a hit. I guess I’m ok with that, though it’s kind of amusing since I actually paid an editor to make sure they were perfect. Oh well. I didn’t do any promoting, had no online presence, and yet still sold 7.
Now that the sales information is out of the way I’ll get down to the explanation of my absence. Shortly before my last post I found out I was pregnant. Which was awesome since my husband and I had been trying for almost two years. The only problem was I had morning sickness that lasted 23.5 hours a day. So half an hour a day I could eat and if I missed that window anything I ate came right back up. It was lovely. I had absolutely no energy to do anything once I was out of work. Once my second trimester started my energy levels returned to normal but by then we were buying a house which ended up taking a lot of my time. By the time that was taken care of and we were moved in I was in my third trimester. And that’s where we are now. I’m in the home stretch just 3 weeks from my due date and I found myself with some creative energy and was able to get some writing done for the first time in forever.
I don’t expect this energy to last and I have no idea what’s going to happen once my daughter is born. I still plan on writing and I will definitely finish the Twin Moons of Andove trilogy but it’s going to take longer than I had originally intended so please be patient with me. I have no idea when my next update will be and my priority is going to be finishing the book not posting on this blog. So until next time…
January 10th I released three episodes in the Amelia Bennett Chronicles. They did not do as well as I had hoped but oh well. I loved writing them and any time I need a break from writing Book 2 in the Twin Moons of Andove I will write more episodes. Anyway, not only did I release 3 new titles but on the 25th I published on more platforms. The AB Chronicles are available on Kindle, Kobo, and Pubit; and Stolen Memories is available on Kindle and Kobo. January ended up being my third highest month in regards to sales, unsure how the money side is going to land since my episodes started out at $.99 then I increased the price to $1.99. So here are my sales totals for January:
Kindle .com: 12
Kindle .uk: 3
Pubit (Nook): 3
I published Stolen Memories on September 1st so I was only published for four months in 2012 and I only had one book available. For anyone that cares to see the numbers of a newbie published author who has done little to no marketing here they are:
2012 Total Sales: 79
So close to breaking triple digits! With January’s sales I’m up to 97, so I just need one person to read all the episodes in the AB Chronicles!
I publish my sales because I think it provides a nice contrast to all the articles and posts I see of authors who are selling in the hundreds and thousands. It’s possible I’m the only one who can barely break 10 sales in a month somehow I doubt it though.
So I finally have most of my books on multiple platforms. Over the weekend I was able to upload the Amelia Bennett Chronicles on Pubit and Kobo. I was also able to get Stolen Memories on Kobo, because of the many format changes when I first wrote it getting it uploaded on Pubit is going to take some work I am not qualified to do. Thankfully I have a big strong man who knows some HTML and happens to be the King of the Internet so I should be good. Once he actually gets down to doing it. I still plan on getting them all uploaded to Smashwords but I’m happy with the dent I’ve made in expanding to new platforms.
Out of the three platforms I’ve uploaded to now by far the easiest was Kobo. I really liked their layout, they also converted my .doc to an .epub and that made uploading to Pubit so much easier. The only part about Kobo that was difficult was coming up with a publisher name. I finally decided on “Top of the Mountain” with no publishing at the end.
Pubit will hold a special place in my heart just because the day after I uploaded someone purchased all three of my Amelia Bennett Episodes. So far, over all platforms, the only people to have purchased these have been myself, my mother, and my sister. So the fact that someone purchased them was pretty awesome to me. If they had been the first thing I’d published I think I might have been crushed by how they are selling; but I’ve grown a thicker skin and realize that while I loved writing them they aren’t what everyone is looking for.
Now that my books are available for more people to download I’m back to working on Book 2, I have a fan that keeps asking when it will be out and I can’t let her down
Anyone who has read my blog for a while knows that I have problems with titles. I changed the title of Stolen Memories something like four times, I struggled with the title of my first episode, and now I am having difficulties figuring out what to call my publishing company. I can’t publish on Kobo without a name for my publishing company, so of course I can’t think of anything. My sister recommended Top of the Mountain Publishing, but when I googled the name it looks like it’s already in use though nothing has been copyrighted. A friend from work told me simple was best and to just use Mountain Publishing. My husband isn’t fond of any of the names pitched yet but responded enthusiastically to Bad Mountain. All I know is that I want Mountain in the name. I’m tempted to just use Mountain and get it over with.
I posted on Facebook to see if anyone would respond with suggestions but other than my sister and one like for Mountain Peak Publishing I didn’t get anything. I’m still thinking about it but until I find a name I can live with for a long time I won’t be uploading my books on Kobo or Pubit! for that matter since if I don’t have a publisher name they will use my name. Stupid titles. I don’t have problems with naming my characters, why do I have such problems with titles?
If anyone has a suggestion I’m all ears.
I’ve been working on a page of Self-Publishing resources, just links to things I’ve used or found helpful. My blog is mainly about my journey through self-publishing and all the mistakes and things I’ve done, but I thought it might also be useful to post links to where I was getting my information. I have many folders, spread across several computers, of websites I’ve visited and liked, or need to go back and read more, or even just cover artists I hope to one day be able to afford. It would be nice if I had them all in one place and at the same time I can share them with people who read my blog. It’s a messy page, for now, and will end up being reformatted, things moved around as it grows larger, but it’s serving its purpose for now.
Well I’ve been gone for less than a month and while I haven’t gotten everything done that I said I was I don’t feel like everything is crashing down on top of me. The wonderful thing about self-publishing is that I can do things at my own pace. So I don’t have everything up on any other platforms but I do now have Episodes 1, 2, and 3 of the Amelia Bennett Chronicles published on kindle. I have a long list of things that I need to get done and I will get to them but I’m going to cut back on the pressure I’m putting on myself. As much as I would love to be a full-time writer the truth is right now I’m not. This week I put in 40 hours at my “real” job and another 16-18 hours working on writing and publishing. That’s nowhere near what I’ve read some people are doing but that’s enough for me for now.
**Update on The Amelia Bennett Chronicles**
Episodes 1, 2, and 3 are published and live as of 01/11/2013 on the kindle platform. It took longer than expected because the holidays slowed down my editor. Instead of the mid to late December she said in her original email she wasn’t able to get to me until last week. I would have loved to have them up at Christmas, and I spent a ton of time checking my email over the holiday just waiting for her, but since I hadn’t scheduled a spot and she was fitting me around other projects I can’t complain. She was amazing! It was so awesome to have someone go in and put the commas and semicolons where they needed to be and catch misspellings of words that are real words that Office didn’t catch. It was a thrill. She even wrote little comments telling me she liked certain spots which was even awesomer (she would edit out this word).
***Update on Book 2 of the Twin Moons of Andove***
I was able to get another couple thousand words written on this. I’m not yet back to the point I was at when I started my rewrites but I’m getting there. I did write out a detailed outline for this book and a rough outline of the one after it. I’ve been feeling really inspired to write on this but haven’t been able to because of the AB Chronicles. Now that the first batch of those episodes are out I can bring my focus back. For now though I do not have a deadline, though I would love to have it published first quarter of the year. We will see.
This is later than I have been doing but here are my stats:
Stolen Memories sold seven books at .com and one book at .co.uk
So not as good as my best month but not my worst month. I’m really curious to see my numbers next month.
Until next time, have a great weekend!
I’m going to take a break from the internet. So no Facebook, no blogging, I’m even going to stay off of kindleboards. I’ve been spending so much time on the internet that I’m not getting as much done as I should be. I need to finish writing, I need to come up with a business plan, I need to come up with a brand, I need to get my book(s) up on all the platforms I can, I need to research all of that too. All of that combined with working my normal full time job and everything else in life means that I need to cut something out. I’ve already cut out almost all of my TV watching and I haven’t been reading much which I actually should be doing the only other thing I can cut out is the internet. So I’m going to make like it’s the 90s and only use the internet for email. Right now I’m planning on less than a month, it all depends on how long it takes me to catch up on everything I need to be caught up on. If you need/want to contact me my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope everyone has a beautiful holiday season!