Today is the one-year anniversary of my uploading Rottweiler Rescue to Amazon for Kindle. It doesn’t seem that long ago. I remember quite clearly how uncertain I was about the whole project. Would anyone buy a book like that from a complete unknown? If, yes, practically speaking would enough people buy such a book to make the whole project worthwhile?
So I uploaded and posted what I’d done on the indie threads in the Kindle forum — and Rottweiler Rescue sold 8 copies in its first twenty-four hours! Talk about instant gratification; talk about a light bulb going on in someone’s head.
In this past year, taking advantage of the opportunity Amazon has given people like me has changed my life.
I’ve sold over 11,000 books — mostly ebooks for Kindle, but also other formats via Smashwords, and more paperbacks than I ever expected considering how high the price has to be for POD trade paperbacks.
I’ve become “controversial,” something I still have trouble believing, but there it is.
I’ve been contacted by two traditional publishers, one of which offered a contract I turned down and one of which faded into the woodwork after an initial pleasant conversation.
In addition to the reviews published on public sites, I’ve had dozens of private emails from people who liked my books — my books have fans!
I’ve made cyber-friends such as those of you who took part in the old HR forum thread and now comment here.
The indie author forums are full of threads speculating about the road to success. There are endless debates about price points, cover quality, reviews and promotion. After watching how sales went for Sing in its first month compared to Eyes in its first month, however, I believe those who advise, “Write more.” That’s what I plan to do.