Published authorPublishing my first short story, End of the Road, was highly motivating. I could shout from the rooftops: I'm a published author! Watching it hover around the 800,000 mark on Amazon was less so.
Book 2 in the series is almost ready, and hopefully will be published in the next few months. My plan had always been to reduce the price of book 1 to zero once the second was out there, whilst charging for parts 2 - 5. However, I decided to drop the price to zero last month - just to see what happened.
RankingsIn January the book shot to #24 in category and 4000-ish overall on Amazon.com. A few weeks later the same happened on Amazon.co.uk, with the book hitting #10 in category! (you can just see it in pic on right) Despite the fact that I was not getting any money from these downloads, I was elated!
My book is now averaging 5 downloads per day, has activated the Amazon algorithms so that it appears in the 'people who viewed/bought this book also viewed/bought these...' Five people a day are downloading a book with my name on it! That, after all, is where every author wants their books to be, isn't it? Out there! If I can collect a few reviews, a few email sign-ups or some new followers of my on-line presence, even better.
MotivationThis sudden shifting of my first, humble offering has motivated me to get part two out there, as well as my first full-length novel. Having learned as much as I could about epublishing over the last few years, I am fairy confident that I can repeat this 'success' with my other books.
The groundwork has been done, the concrete has set better than I had ever expected and the walls desperately need to go up.
That's truly motivational. Now if I could just gag the wife...