Sometimes I dread being asked “What do you do?” when meeting people. I’m always shy to talk about my books in person. I appreciate the people who say “Cool” and leave it at that. Others ask what I write and then don’t probe too much. Again that’s my preference. It may seem odd, but discussing my work with people I don’t know is awkward.
There are times, though, certain question make me want to crawl into a hole and not answer at all. On several occasions people have said something along these lines: “An author, huh … are you any good?” or “That’s neat, but do you make any money?”
I have never asked an accountant I’ve met “Are you a crappy accountant?” or “Do you make any money in that field?” I would consider that rude. I’m sure those who ask me these types of questions aren’t intentionally being discourteous (some might be, but I’m giving them the benefit of doubt). Most of them probably don’t even realize that they’ve put me in a difficult spot and it probably says more about my own insecurities.
When put on the spot, I usually hedge and say “I do okay.” How should I respond to these types of questions? When I sold my first book I was amazed. There was that fear that no one would want to buy my book. Within twelve hours I sold two copies. You could have knocked me over with a feather.
The next hurdle was being afraid to read the reviews. I won’t lie to you and say all the reviews have been glowing. However, for the most part, most of the reviews have been positive. Does this qualify as a triumph? For me, yes. Especially since it encourages me to continue writing.
Since hitting the publishing button in July 2013, each day I have sold at least one book. Some days I’ve sold hundreds of books, albeit these days are extremely rare, but thrilling nonetheless. Lately I’ve been averaging two to six sales a day. In the past fourteen months, I’ve sold thousands of books. Okay, I’m not a best-selling author like Stephen King or J. K. Rowling.
Luckily for me, I set my expectations low and every time I sell a copy I consider it a success. Self-published authors have an uphill battle (and I’m not saying those who went the traditional route have it that much easier in today’s market). There are days the battle gets the best of me and I mope around. Other days, I feel like a superhero. Mostly, though, I enjoy doing the best I can. That’s all any of us can do. And to me that also counts as success.
So I measure my success with each sale, each review (good and bad), and the fact that I still have the desire to write and publish more stories. How do you measure your success?
Today I’m launching my third novel Confessions From A Coffee Shop.
To celebrate its release, the book is on sale for $0.99 cents until September 16th. Many bloggers have been kind enough to help me with the promotion. This week I’ll be featured on:
It’s Just Life (Interview on Sept. 9th)
Meetings With my Muse (Excerpt on Sept. 9th)
C.M. Brown (Guest Post and Excerpt on Sept. 10)
Medeia Sharif (Review on Sept. 10)
The Wish Factor (Excerpt on Sept. 10)
Rough Seas in the Med (Interview and Excerpt on Sept. 11)
Relatively Yours (Guest Post on Sept. 12)
The links will be updated during the week. I would like to thank everyone for all of their support and encouragement. It means a lot!
For those of you with a Goodreads account it would be extremely helpful if you added Confessions to your want to read shelf. I’m happy to report that it has already been listed on a Goodreads list: Funny Lesbian Romance Books. Currently it’s ranked 13th out of 38.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!