Two Years and Still Kicking
Today is the second anniversary of my leap into the publishing world. It’s time to take stock, look back, and to tell you how I feel about this crazy world of books. If anyone is reading this, I ask you to indulge me in this rare bearing of my soul.
As I sit here and think about my experiences, so far, I have to wonder if I was, perhaps, just a tad ignorant of what it takes to become a competitive and successful author – Ok, I have stopped wondering – I was ignorant, totally.
In the past two years I have written and published four large tome books. I’ve been rejected by agents, offered shady or nonsensical publishing deals, have moved the prices of my books up, down, and sideways, and now I am offering one of them, completely free. I vowed never to do that, yet until midnight today, I’m giving away a book that took 9 months of hard work to create. I wrote it, researched the history, designed its cover, paid for promotions, editor, and proof reader. So why am I giving it to readers, at no cost? Because, apparently, this is a good ‘sales strategy.’
For hours upon hours, every day, I have posted my books and updates about them on social media sites, at times feeling like a stalker or a desperate starving artist. On the days I didn’t post anything, I convinced myself that I would be forgotten and that my books would fall into Amazon’s big black hole and never come out. I have entered competitions, paid for promotional mailing lists, spent an obscene amount of money on ads, which on a good day, generated a handful of sales. I have taken my books to retail bookshops, only to hear, time and time again, “Oh, no, we don’t take indie books!” I have interacted with other authors in discussions, and some have enriched my life with friendship, whilst others have renewed my faith in human nature. It’s true, Indie authors generally want to help other authors.
Trolls? What are they, I wondered, when someone told that I had been trolled by a dozen people on Goodreads, on the same day. Well, it seems that they are little creatures, who take great pleasure in telling you how bad you write, behave, and why your book should never see the light of day. The Guardian of Secrets certainly had a troll fan base, two days after it was published – But guess what, I got over the insults, and moved swiftly on.