“So, how’s the book doing?”
People ask this sometimes, and I always answer, “It’s going really well.” In reality, the book is doing great in my opinion. As far as success goes, I reached and surpassed my goals for the first few months following the book’s release. My debut novel has done far better than I ever hoped.
But when someone in my family asked how many copies I sold, and I told him, he was…unimpressed.
The response (and yes, I’m paraphrasing): “Oh…is that good?” Then after my explanation that yes, it was very good, “Well, I hope you sell a million copies.”
Me, too. Absolutely, me, too–but seriously, it’s only been three months!
And I get it. I know where he’s coming from because until I looked up the standard sales for a self-published debut author (there is no real number; however, you can get a good idea if you read enough posts/articles) I didn’t know how good my book was doing either.
I mean, yeah, I was happy–ECSTATIC!!!–but I would’ve been happy if the book sold 10 copies. You probably scoffed, but I’m completely serious.
When I started, I had little to no author platform. This is still basically true lol. ADORKABLE is my debut novel. I read and read and read some more about ALL of the many things I needed in place before the book even came out and scrambled like crazy to get everything set up. I’d worked for years writing books and wanted to give my debut the best chance possible. The fear of not finding readers (and therefore not selling any books) was always what held me back. Well, that and the fact that self-publishing seemed like such a daunting task.
Plus…I’m going to tell you a secret. It may just apply to me, but I’m pretty sure it’s universal.
Just because you write happy books, it doesn’t mean that your life is free of sadness.
No one’s life is perfect. Crap happens to everyone. In fact, if my life was a book, I’m pretty sure it would be one of those sad contemporaries that end in tragedy. Yeah, that’s why I can’t write those books and do not often enjoy reading them. No need to remind me of how bad life can be. I know it, I believe it, and I can never forget it.
But at least, I can (and will) try and make my characters happy.
That’s one of the things I love about books like ADORKABLE. It’s like a pick me up, an escape, medicine for the bad times life throws at you. It is hope that things can get better. Anyway, I promised to write about the “sweet and (bitter) times” on this journey. This point in time is definitely bittersweet :). Hope you have a great weekend!