Tonight is a night of celebration for me. Why? Well, it’s quite simple. I just went to snoop my amazon sales report and discovered I’ve finally reached the threshold to receive my first royalty payment! This is a big deal for me, okay? 3 years in the making.
THREE YEARS. SAY WHAT.
I know, I know! It took 3 years to meet their $100 threshold, but it’s finally happened and I am beyond thrilled. Maybe I’ll go get a steak.
No-I won’t. I don’t like steak. >.<
Anyway, so I just wanted to take a moment to giggle and bounce up and down and all those shenanigans.
And on a serious note, being an indie author is NOT easy. To every man and woman out there who decides to go on this journey, my hat is off to you. It isn’t easy to write the story, find the editor, find the book cover, publish the book, promote the book, and EVERYTHING ELSE we must do on our OWN. We are lone wolves in this industry, but we work hard and we love what we do, right? Right.
So in the three years building up to this momentous occasion, I’d just like to do a brief flashback.
Amazon KDP discovered. I decide to publish my first book.
People are going to read my books! They will LOVE me!
3 books sold since November. What am I doing wrong? NOBODY LOVES ME.
No bother. I’ll keep writing my books!
-makes a facebook author page-
And then something happened in between November and December of 2013
People started noticing me. They started sharing my page. I started venturing further out into the internet world and doing author takeovers. I got my first radio interview….and suddenly…
I hit 1,000 likes on my fan page.
So now…..in 2014, I have nearly 2,000 fans and I’ve finally sold enough books to get that first beautiful check.
What is the point of this post, you ask?
Keep working hard for it. Keep going no matter what. Don’t give up on your dreams. Sometimes it takes a while to climb up that ladder, especially when no one really knows your name. I did an author takeover on a page 2 days ago and a lady said, “I’m so glad you’re here. I’ve never heard of you, but your stories sound amazing!” BAM. New reader.
That’s all it is, really. We don’t get the publicity we truly deserve, but with the help of fellow indies and kind readers who don’t mind to share links with their friends…you guys, we can make it!
I am truly on cloud 9 right now. I never dreamed this day would come.
Thank you all so, so much.
Now, back to writing. 😉