I published Eden in the Sept/Oct 2010 timeframe as my first novel. I had no corporate or professional backing – nobody aside from a few amazing friends helping me with stuff. None of us had done this before and it was uncharted, lonely territory. At its best (that I happened to see), Eden cracked the top 4,000 in Kindle books in late January 2011:
I have no doubt this was from all the new Kindles people got as gifts. So, it’ll be interesting to see sales in the Jan/Feb 2012 timeframe this holiday season.
Of course, writers who sell hundreds/thousands of books per day might laugh at my little graphic there; but I do have a point here. I’ve been helping some other writers take their first steps into self-publishing recently, and I’m here to offer a counterpoint to all the nay-sayers in their lives (and possibly yours).
I was/am an unknown writer. A part of me said I’d never sell a single copy to a stranger. I was frightened. I believed in the publishing industry, and not myself.
Wow, how wrong I was.
If you think your work is polished, skillful and worthy – go for it! While the Amanda Hockings are the extreme cases to be sure, there is still success to be had for unknown writers to get their stories in the hands of readers. Just because someone else says “no” to you doesn’t mean you need to same the same to yourself. Empower yourself. Believe in yourself. You may be surprised at where it takes you. When push comes to shove, I say you shove. Get out there and publish already!