The number 42 is my favorite number because it was my high school basketball number. I also love that Douglas Adams wrote, "The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42."
What has been so great the last 42 days?
- People were actually buying my book. I only sold less than a hundred of Trail Swap.
- Correlated to people buying books, I was actually making money. More money than I thought possible at this stage of the game. I am not bragging. Believe me, I keep looking at the numbers, rubbing my eyes and looking again. I am not going to be retiring any time soon or quitting my day job, but it is more than pocket change.
- I hired an editor. Yes, finally I have someone to point out all my writing mistakes and help me fix them. Prior to hiring a professional editor, I used a friend who is great at editing but she is busy and the process took a while. I am a big believer that friends and business do not mix.
- I have fans! How do I know this? They left Amazon Reviews and sent me emails and told me so. I think I even acquired somewhat of an email stalker. Yes, I saved every email from my fans.
- Trail Swap and other writing started to sell due to Love's Autograph success.
- I connected with more writers and beta readers.
- I adjusted my book categories.
- I resolved that it is okay to write lesbian romances.
- I learned that romance readers are more generous with their compliments than general fiction readers.
- I have some money to put back into my writing thus I created a separate account for my writing.
- I created a marketing plan and comprehensive book release strategy.
- I am contemplating having a book cover designed for me.
- I wrote a book of short stories that include characters from my latest books.
- I had the opportunity to beta read for an author I admire, Jae. Bonus: she instituted changes that I recommended.
|Beaver's artwork is amazing!|
As you can see the last 42 days have been pretty big. Love's Autograph has been the catalyst of the this transformation. I have begun to believe that I can be successful as an author and I can make some good money writing fiction.