Friday, March 13, 2015

A Big Long Ramble, You Know, What I'm Good At.


Things are finally beginning to fall into place and I'm having trouble believing that any of it is real. I mean, don't get me wrong...I know how hard I've been working toward this. I guess I just never really believed it could happen to me

First of all, I am consistently selling books now. In the last two weeks, there hasn't been a day that I've sold less than 12 books. *Knock on wood* I remember the day I used to wish that I could sell one of each of my books every single day. Obviously there are some of my books that I am not selling on a consistent basis, but my Infinite Love series and Learning to Live are my most consistent sellers currently. I have a feeling that will change with the release of the second book in my Darkness Falls series, Emerging from Darkness. When I released Into the Darkness back in November, it consistently sold well for nearly two months before finally settling down. 

In the last two weeks there have been days I've sold between 30-40 books in one day. I've literally been in awe. I know all of this has a ton to do with my street team and all the hard work they've been putting in to get my name and my books out there. I am so lucky to have them. 

Recently, I ran a free promotion for my Infinite Love series on it's release day. It was free for 5 days and was picked up over 8000 times. 8000 people have my stories in their Kindle libraries! It is such a trip. I wasn't sure what to expect when I decided to bundle my four stories together and re-release them as a box set. I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested in even picking it up because they've already read the stories separately...but I am gaining a ton of new readers, and I couldn't be more excited!

I begin my job on Sunday and I'm not sure exactly how I'm feeling. On one hand, I'm happy that I will be getting that financial stability again along with insurance. On the other hand, I am not going to have all the free time in the world like I've recently had. That part is what I'm not looking forward to. However, I had a full-time job before and I was able to write my books...I just hate losing the freedom. I told my mother the other day that my ultimate goal would be able to be a full-time writer by the time I am 30. That gives me exactly 1 year and 7 weeks. I'm not sure if I can do it, but I am going to work like hell to reach that goal. I've seen what I could accomplish within 10 months of first publishing...now that I've tasted it, I'm not going to give up!

My dream is to be able to go to a signing and meet some of the most amazing people who have believed in me all this time! My street team members, my PA, my beta readers, my editor, etc. Someday I will be sitting at a table and signing my books in front of people. The idea is so foreign to me, but also so freaking exciting! I know it will eventually happen, and I need to be patient, but I'm a Taurus...patience is definitely not my strongest suit. 

I just finished Emerging from Darkness, and it is being combed through by my beta readers one last time before it gets sent to my editor. I have began writing the third book in my Foundation series and have already finished six full chapters. I have written over 11k words on What Doesn't Kill You. And I have the roughest rough draft of Reality Squared. This is the majority of what I'd like to finish for the year. Along with Topher's novella. I can't tell you how many messages I receive on a weekly basis begging me for his HEA. It's coming! I promise. In an ideal world, I'd release EFD at the end of March, Foundation series book #3 in May, What Doesn't Kill You in July, Topher's novella in September, and Reality Squared in December. That's really aggressive, especially with a job. But given the fact that three of these are partials, I am hoping that I can get it done for everyone.

Alright, I figured I've rambled on long enough. In May, it will be a year since I began this publishing journey. I am going to do a sales post to show exactly where I came from to exactly where I am. Just so people can see what to expect. :)