I’ve been published for about two weeks, so I’m sure there’s going to be more ups and downs to come, but here’s what I’ve noticed so far.
-Family and friends are proud, congratulatory, and overflowing with praise. Everyone says they’ll go buy your book at the first chance.
-You get a sense of pride and accomplishment. This doesn’t go away, at least not within the first week, hopefully not ever.
-You can make money and gather new readers for the work that you’ve worked so hard on.
-Family and friends who swear they’re going out to buy your book DO NOT BUY YOUR BOOK. Smashwords has this lovely feature where you can have an email alert for every purchase, and the only purchase I was promised that I actually got was Natalie Cannon’s family, so far. The rest of my ‘sales’ were free copies I gave out to the people who have been supportive and integral to this checkpoint.
-The sense of accomplishment is not necessarily a great sales-pitch. Having any sort of spike in sales requires some amount of marketing, and while I’ve been gearing up and preparing for this with months of research and name-pushing, that doesn’t sell books as much as I would have hoped.
-All right, it’s not incredibly monetarily successful yet, even with the best efforts of myself and my friends. Jury’s still out, of course. But so far, my $3 profit is making me feel a mixture of pride and self-pity. Hopefully that number will grow, but until I get approved for the premium catalog on Smashwords, I’m not holding my breath.
-Making a cover image is difficult. I had to get Natalie’s friend and image WIZARD to fix mine so that I have a prayer of getting into the premium catalog. She’s lovely. Now I have to bow at her feet and beg her to do my covers for future novellas. But it’s worth it, because I need her.
BASICALLY, you should all go get it while the 60% off coupon is still good, which is only a few more weeks (November 26th). It’s been approved for the premium catalog, so maybe that’ll pick up with sales, but let me tell you…. PUBLISHING IS JUST THE FIRST OBSTACLE TO SUCCESS. When you publish, you will not suddenly become an overnight success. Even overnight success stories didn’t really happen overnight. Do not think you are special. Think you won’t sell a single copy and you will maybe be pleasantly surprised. Pessimism is a GREAT barrier from disappointment.