First off, I’d like to make an announcement regarding the update schedule of the blog. In the foreseeable future, I shall be making a biweekly posting on Monday and Thursday. It gives me the weekend a bit of time in the middle to write the posts, but more important it gives you some semblance of schedule for when new things will appear. There might be the odd tweak here and there on other days, but nothing major.
Also, the posts will be up very late the night before from now on (aka online for mon/thurs mornings). I fell way behind today sitting on the phone with the IRS and filling out forms—apologies for the late posting.
Anyways, as the title suggests, this post is going to be all about the experience of the first week of e-publishing as a first time author. I’ve been going non-stop these past five days (I’m even cooking dinner as I write), but it’s been amazing, the whole process.
When I first uploaded Dreamstate: Dark Eyes to Amazon and Smashwords, I thought, “Hey, this is pretty cool—I can see my stuff on the internet.” It was more the novelty that anyone, anywhere in the world could type in my name, or the title of my book, and it would pop right up. I was also quite fond of my cover art, which I still think looks rather snappy. It was cool, and for the first day, I was content with fact that I was uploaded.
The next little bit of awesome came when I started getting a few sales. Some were from family and friends, but others weren’t. It was a pretty great rush when I realized that some random person out there checked out my book and said “Yeah, I’d pay for this.” I mean, maybe I’ll see a two star review in a week with an all caps hate rant against everything I’ve written, but then again, maybe not. It’s such a strange new feeling to have people actually want something you’ve created—I’m still not quite used to it.
The PR trail that I’ve been sprinting since the books went live has been intense. Ask my girlfriend, I’m checking things constantly even while we’re out (on my phone). I have a serious need to micromanage everything relating to the book, which I think is probably a good thing for the time being. It means I stay on top of stuff, at least. I’ve been dealing with social networking, individual emails/messages, forums, my website, and anything else I can get my hands on. The numbers keep going up across the board, though, so I must be doing something right. It’s kind of been a mad-blind-dash into what I assume I’m supposed do to promote a book. There have been some pretty steep learning curves, but I think I’m getting the hang of it. Give me a month and I’ll be a total pro—I promise.