It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since I decided to pursue my passion and three years since I released Meji, my first book. The years have been filled with excitement and revelations as I learned more about writing and the business of publishing. The two most important things I discovered were; 1) I’m a decent writer, and 2) Selling books is tough. It’s good to know that your writing well enough for people to enjoy it, and better still that they enjoy it enough to spend their hard earned money on it. The sobering reality is that there’s a lot of folks writing good books out there and getting attention for yours is a constant full court press. I can understand why folks who just want to write prefer the mainstream route. At least you get some support on the sales and marketing end.
For folks who have been in business you know that three years on the grind is a significant milestone. At this point all the presumptions and hopes have been whittled down to cold hard facts. You know what works and what doesn’t. If you’re good at what you do many people show up to take advantage of your talents for their projects as supposed to supporting yours. This is also the point where your praise is higher that your revenues. It’s a delicate time that has to be handled carefully, otherwise when the very significant five year milestone is reached you may be done in.
So I’m reassessing my situation and making choices I hope will result in a stronger foundation for my writing and my book sales. I’m blessed to be writing during this e-book revolution. The new technology allows me to get my works to readers faster and less expensively at a higher profit margin. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a prolific writer, so being able to transfer my stories quickly to readers is a plus. I’v also compiled quite a collection of commissioned artwork and it’s about time it starts earning its keep. So I’m posting e-books and e-stories, beginning with Kindle but eventually including Nook, Smashwords and others. It doesn’t guarantee I’ll make millions, but like they say, you can’t win if you don’t play.
I’ve also stepped up my local events. 90% of my sales are local, so the more events I do the more books I sell. It’s not just about selling books, though. I enjoy meeting people and talking about Sword and Soul. It works out great for me to be out there shaking hands because I like it as much as writing.
So that’s a snippet of what I’m up to. You’ll see other changes over the next few months as well. All of this is in order to keep y’all loaded down with what I hope you feel are good books. Thanks for giving me a chance. I hope I don’t disappoint.