For the last few months putting out this collection of stories was my main goal as a writer. I did some other writing too. I submitted and got rejected for an anthology and worked on a novel idea. But now the book has been released and I feel sort of flat.
I don’t expect this book will do well. So far I have sold 7 copies, which I have to admit hurts my feelings a lot. I am trying not to let it, but it is hard. I am a big supporter of the arts where I live. I spend more money than I care to calculate right now on plays, local music festival, my friends’ art and their artistic endeavors. I go to art auctions and give donations to local groups. I am not saying I expected these people to support me, not exactly. But I expected some sort of boost. I know, I sound like Earl in “My name is Earl” – “You do good things, and good things happen”. And now I feel sort of stupid for having these expectations.
I am trying not to take this personally, but it is really hard. Sure, lots of people might not like the sort of stuff I write. And that is ok. I give time and money to the thing I do because I like them and think the work they do is good and worthwhile. I wonder how many people think what I am doing is worthwhile?
I need to think about my next moves? Should I start submitting short stories to anyone who will take them? Should I work on a novel? Should I take a break and get a real job? Should I try to save up money and go to a writer’s workshop like Clarion West? I could use the pointers and practice, but I could use the contracts even more?
To the people who read my blog who have some success at selling their work, do you have any advice? How do I get my stories to the people who would enjoy them? What is a good balance between traditional publishing and self-publishing?
6 thoughts on “Post Publishing Doldrums”
That picture of Cheeseburger makes me want to rub his tummy.
It makes me want to check if he is still breathing. And then rub his tummy.
Selling 7 copies in 2 days isn’t bad at all. My goal is to sell 5 copies of each title each MONTH. Sometimes I sell 20 a month, sometimes I sell none. As long as I average 5 sales per title a month, I’m happy. Of course, you can’t make a living making $10 a month (if each title is priced at $2.99), but that’s why it’s important to build a large catalog of work. Also, each new title will make you more visible, which will boost sales of past titles.
Congrats on your new book! Now write your next one 🙂
I am going to write a short story about zombies in the next day or two, and then I think start working on a novel idea. Writing a novel is a little intimidating. It is only in the last year or so that I have been able to make myself finish stories. Most of my life I would write until I figured out the ending and then stop. Because I was writing for fun and no one other than me was reading it all that mattered was that I got the story.
I feel better about the 7 books sold now. I will just make more. 🙂
Awesome! I have yet to write a zombie story, but it sounds fun.
The thing about novels is you can’t think about how long it’s going to be. It’s like climbing a mountain: one step at a time and you’ll eventually get to the top. Just write a certain amount of words every day and before you know it, you’ll have your novel.
Have you heard about Harper doing their unagented submissions next month? http://harpervoyagerbooks.com/ It’s worth a try.