So, I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to write about for my final post in A Round Of Words In 80 Days, Round 2 (ROW80) for a couple days now and I can’t say I have a lot of certainty about it even as I begin putting words in the WordPress frame here.
Certainly, I’ve accomplished a lot in the last 80 days. I’ve completed MOST LIKELY and brought it to market. And as of Thursday, June 23, I’ve completed the first month of MOST LIKELY being in retail release on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
Here are my sales results so far.
On Amazon’s US site, I sold five copies in May, and another six copies in June so far. That’s 11 copies in the Amazon US store.
Additionally, I’ve sold 2 copies (both in June) on Amazon UK, and 1 copy on Barnes and Noble (in May).
That brings me to a 30-day sales window total of 14 copies, which isn’t too bad. The blog tour I’m on this week is increasing my visibility so hopefully the numbers will improve from there.
Outside of MOST LIKELY, which was my major accomplishment, I’m about 7,500 words into the EMBER prequel short novel I’m working on. I’m expecting it to be on the long side of things, closer to 30,000 words than 20,000, so I’m not quite one-third of the way done. But it’s really starting to take shape and my goal is to get the story finished and out to my beta-reader team in July. Whether the book can make it to market in July remains to be seen, but I can tell you it’ll go up for sale sometime during ROW80 Round 3.
After the EMBER prequel, which I may or may not give the title SHADA, I think I’ll focus my attention on finishing EMBER, as well as on my Messianic theology project, DATING THE MESSIAH. I haven’t forgotten about IDEA WAREHOUSE, but if SHADA takes off, I want to get EMBER out on the market as soon as possible, to take advantage of any momentum it may generate, before veering off into non-EMBER-related projects.
So things are going well, and I’m making great progress. I owe a lot to ROW80 for instilling in me the good work habits necessary to make a go of things as a full-time writer. So you can bet I’ll be back for Round 3 on July 4.
Again, I’m not going to be inactive in the meantime. I can’t afford to be. So come visit me often. I’ll be here. And I’ll still be here on July 4, when Round 3 gets underway, too.
One note: there will be a two or three week period of relative inactivity in August, because I’ll be moving my family to Oregon from about mid-August through early September. We hope to settle in as quickly as we can and re-establish our routines, but since we’re leaving a lot of our possessions behind, let’s be honest… there will be an adjustment period.
So I hope to get the CreateSpace paperback version of MOST LIKELY, and both the eBook and paperback versions of SHADA out before the big move. But I doubt I’ll finish anything more than that, until after the move. So EMBER itself is now looking like a fall release. Maybe October? We’ll see.
Anyway, in the meantime, dear readers… enjoy the summer, keep reader, keep buying indie authors, and if you have a chance, make sure my books are among those you choose. I’d certainly appreciate it.
All best. ROW 80, out, till July 4.
But I’ll still be posting to my blog in between now and then…