Yesterday something interesting happened, but it needs a little backstory.
In May 2017 I self-publish my first book, Descending Into Darkness, via Kindle Publishing on Amazon. I published it without professional editing and with a few naysayers and a lot of supporters. The naysayers, didn’t believe the content, genre, was something readers were looking to read still, that the “story” had been told and beaten to death, yadda yadda yadda. THIS is the exact reason why I had stopped writing it 4 years prior. I felt it wasn’t worth finishing because it wasn’t ever going to be read because why would I publish it if these people were right, no one wanted to read that anymore. Flashback to a few years later, May 2017, and I decided, to hell with it, I’m doing it. If no one wants to read it, fine, but I it would mean I could still say I finished and published something. It was because of this thinking that I didn’t get it professionally edited. I published it after my own editing and a couple of friends reading it and just let it go. I think I only checked on the status of sales after the first month or two. It didn’t sell very many copies, which was okay with me. I was just happy it was done and I KNEW it probably wouldn’t be for a while before it picked up speed, even if it took a couple years. I even already had the second book nearly completed, in a notebook that is, so I was ready to follow up with the next in the series for those who did in fact enjoy it. Cue the discovery of script writing. I fell in love with it and I stopped writing the second book, thinking I would come back to it when I took a break from scripts. Then I got pregnant and most of you know the rest of that story.
Now back to tomorrow:
My husband happened to ask me if I knew if the book was still selling or not. I had no idea, I checked, still nothing since it came out. Not surprising, actually. Then I decided to do a Google search for it, see if anyone had been talking about. And I found this!
You read that right! ePub rated it with 4 ⭐️ s!!! Who knew?! It’s not a complete novel sized book, as it’s a new sort of concept in series writing. There aren’t really any page/word count expectations. Don’t worry, I know the cover art isn’t great. I will get better art soon, maybe when all three books are published and it can look more uniform and awesomer. Lol
Amazon only had one rating/review on it, even know I knew two other people had reviewed it, so I don’t know what’s up with that, but I reached out to my friends on Facebook and asked those who had read it to leave a review. Not only did I get a review, three friends downloaded it to read, and hopefully leave a review. I am COMPLETELY aware that it’s not the greatest thing out there. Like I said, it wasn’t professionally edited and can use a little rewrite here and there, but I am still proud of it. I got it done and at least a few people enjoyed it and want to read the next books in the series as they come out..
Now, on to the next book. I am here at Starbucks (It’s becoming a Sunday thing) and I aim to finish the first draft this morning. There’s just the ending scene left to do and I want this thing published in spring, which, I understand, isn’t far off.
Across the Veil was resubmitted to The Finish Line Screenplay competition for another set of notes, so I hope to have the second book sent out for editing while I edit the script. It’s all a delicate process of scheduling and time management. When both are done, I can work on the other full novel I am writing, a YA called The Hunt. I hope to have that one published by this Fall. I’ve got goals and I aim to stick to them.
What are some of your goals, writers? Personal or professionally.
And, as always, have a great day today!