I know I am late, and for that I apologize. Want to know why? I have had to swallow the jagged pill that book selling has made me digest. No doubt, many other writers have had to go through it also, but this is all about me today. I promised to go completely nude and that includes success and defeat. Like my own flesh, it will not always be pretty and more often than not, it will embarrass me. So let’s get to it and then I will tell you my thoughts.
Print copies sold- 0
Kindle sales- 10
Personal sales- 15
I know some people purchased print copies in March, but from what Grace tells me, Lightning Source (our printer) counts all pre-sales Amazon or Barnes & Noble makes from them in their tallies. That means I didn’t really sell as many print copies as I thought last month. Amazon and Barnes & Noble had ordered them and are now selling what they ordered. I will get no more sales from there until their reserves (no idea what those are) are gone. That means my total for the month is 26. Add that to last month’s total of 84 and that brings us to 110 copies sold. I am at 13.8% of my challenge goal of 800 sales by December 1st.
All this said, I have battled myself on how I feel about this. My knee-jerk reaction is to throw things (myself on the floor flailing) and say I wasted nearly four years of my life pouring my heart into a novel that has lukewarm sales. That would be very drama queen of me and I already promised myself I would NOT be a drama queen. That leaves me with pouting for over a week and being late on getting my report to all of you. I’ve retreated into doing things I know I am good at so not to feel like a complete failure. I am very good at manual labor. Not many people judge you on that. Plus, there were many things that needed done around here…yes…that sounds good.
I’m done pouting now and hopefully my funk will move on. I really hate whiners. What I have learned is I can’t make anyone buy my girl and definitely can’t make them like it if they do. I am stuck at 13 reviews on Amazon and can’t make anyone do that either…begging is pathetic and I refuse at this point to do that. I will continue to try to get people interested and maybe get her into a few local places, but ultimately I Am Ocilla’s success is in God’s hands.
Because it has “naked” in the band’s name and because it has “chickadee China” in it and because it makes me smile.
Until next month’s report….
Peace, love and God’s will.