Hey ho. After all the bunting and jamboree of yesterday’s self-publication of short story collection, The Singing Road and Other Stories, I’m very much back down to earth now, as not a single copy has been sold. Well, that’s not quite true, as one actually has been sold but that’s to me, as I always buy one copy of anything I self-publish in order to get an Amazon rating. Yes, I am that frustrated and sad (welcome to the twilight world of writing, eh), but over the years I’ve learnt that sometimes it’s the only way to sell anything, ho hum.
Which is why Amazon really irritates the hell out of me – though at the same time I love it as it’s such an easy way to get published – it’s just that every so often they send me hugely annoying newsletters focusing on how successful Kindle publishers are. Said newsletters are usually accompanied by Smug Self-Publishers (SSPs for short) smiling and holding a copy of their magnum opus that’s sold six zillion copies in 3 days. Well, not in my neck of the woods they don’t. These days I delete the newsletters, give a muttered curse and move on. Heck, I’m lucky if I manage to shift a couple of books in six months, and that’s only if someone out there is feeling particularly kind.
Mind you, I have been truly astonished this morning with the shock news that the Gathandrian Trilogy has sold some copies in the UK – huge hugs galore to whoever has bought them, and I’m still reeling from the astonishment, I can tell you! So, in trilogy order, that’s one copy of The Gifting, 3 copies of Hallsfoot’s Battle, and 2 copies of The Executioner’s Cane. Well gosh. Having absolutely zilch confidence whatsoever, I’m waiting for the returns to be marked up or the poor reviews. One or the other anyway.
Meanwhile, in terms of free books on offer, a massive 46 copies of The Apple Picker’s Daughter were downloaded yesterday (thank you!) and this month’s total of free downloads of The Prayer Seeker is 347. Gosh indeedy.
Writerly Confidence Rating: 3