I am on a massive high. The reason? My sales in August have so far surpassed all previous months, in fact, I’ve sold 1,000 more in August than I did in July. Mental or what?
When I was reading ‘Self-Printed’ by Catherine Ryan Howard, one of her pieces of advice was to set targets as to how many books you want to sell. There should be 3. One modest, one OMG and one absolute, mental, scream from the rooftops. Mine were/are:
- Aim to sell 200 a month – this would mean it’s ‘selling.’ – Modest
- Aspire to sell 5,000 in the first 12 months – OMG
- Top 10 in the Kindle chart – Absolute, mental, scream from the rooftops
I promised myself I’d buy a Macbook if I achieved the OMG one, and I’ve just done it. Will I buy a Macbook? Probably not – at least, not right away. I’ve got Central America to pay for, but even still. I’m a bit gobsmacked.
The point of this post isn’t to boast. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t really do that. It’s to hopefully push someone to press the ‘self-publish’ button themselves. I was beyond nervous when I published Together Apart. I was genuinely scared that nobody would even know it was there amongst the many others, let alone like it. I know that it’s normal to feel like that, but I can honestly say that it’s been 100% worth it. It’s not been easy and boy does it still sting when someone leaves a 1* review on Amazon, but I don’t care. I’m grateful that they even read it in the first place, or at least tried to.
That’s what makes being a writer so great and it’s only made me more determined to get the next one out, and make it even better.