There are a great many advantages to self-publishing, as long as you're willing to put in a ton of work and are able to develop a vast amount of patience. However, once you obtain even the slightest morsel of success, you end up developing a certain mindset that can quite literally cause mind-numbing obsession. And this mindset is...
The sales of our books have skyrocketed (comparatively) of late. For the last week or so, we've been selling right around 40 a day. But on this particular Saturday, things have ground to a halt. Our sales rankings are climbing higher and higher, and along with that goes my level of panic. I have a great fear that one day everyone will look at my work and say, "Oh, that's right, he's no good," and everything I thought I've built will crumble. It's a dangerous thought process to have. I've been checking the KDP feed obsessively and pulling my hair out trying to figure out HOW OH HOW I will get everything on track. My stress levels are through the roof.
The thing is, deep down I understand that this is nothing but a hiccup, that if I simply take a deep breath and forget about the immediacy of success, everything will even out. We've put out a damn good product, after all, and I've always lived by the theory that the cream rises. And we're that cream. But this doesn't stop the fear, doesn't stop the self-doubt from infiltrating my every waking thought.
I've wondered recently if this is something that will ever leave me. I've wondered how I'd feel if (hell no-when!) I ever reach Amanda Hocking or JA Konrath levels of success. Will the doubt leave then? Will I finally be able to settle down and not constantly wonder if the next book will finally be the one that sends me down the eternal shitter where all failed authors land? Will I stop looking at my life with a soul-crushing fear of failure?
Somehow I doubt it. And there's that word again.
It keeps cropping back up.
Well, here it is, folks. We here at TRO are pleased to announce that the first book is now available for purchase on Amazon.com. This is the completion of a long journey, just as the story itself is. Please feel free to click on the links below and purchase the book. (Included as well is the Lulu.com storefront for the more expensive hardcover version of the book) Also, for any who choose to join us on this adventure, it would be greatly appreciated if feedback were provided on the Amazon page. Reviews are very important. The more we receive, the greater our exposure. This is a grassroots effort to make the book you see here now a success. We cannot do it without you, and for your effort and money, you will be greatly entertained. Of this, I can guarantee.
On the last video blog, I showed everyone the proof I received for the first book. Well, now everything is moving along nicely. The Amazon page has just appeared, though I will not be announcing it until it is complete, which should be sometime next week (probably the 1st).
The wait is almost over. With that being the case, our goals for this project can now be told. Yes, we understand that it won't be selling like a Stephen King novel right away, but that's not what we're expecting. In publishing this book ourselves, we are looking to:
#1 - Sell at least four thousand copies
#2 - Receive one hundred valid Amazon reviews
#3 - Get some pub from five semi- and pro-paying magazine markets
#4 - Use this success to obtain an agent or a publishing deal for the next book, so we can reach a wider audience and don't have to go through the headache of it all again.
So there you have it. We'll be back in a few days with more information.
Yes, the proof arrived today. Let me tell you all about it.