The Perks of Being Published

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.




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

2 thoughts on “The Perks of Being Published

  1. Well, at the conference I went to, it said your book only dies when you stop promoting it. Keep going, Charlotte! Have you done anything on Youtube with it? Maybe beg for some more reviews…like from Little or the significant other or your mom or anybody really. Just to keep it from being buried, as you said.

    • Yes, that’s very true. I shall beg Little, ALTHOUGH probably I shall wait until she’s not battling the hurricane aftermath… maybe next month. I’ve not done YouTube yet, but Meg says she’ll do a YouTube review when the semester’s done and she has a moment to breathe, and I’ll do a promo vid or something. When Clint finishes with it I’m making him promote it (:P) and my mum’s not read it yet because she’s been proofreading Grant’s college app essays. BUT it shall happen. Eventually. But yes, it SHALL NOT BE BURIED, and I think it will help when I write other novellas. Or rather, FINISH other novellas.

      And novels. How’s the editing coming, dear? 😉 jk, I know you’re quite busy and I’m in no rush.

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