Just got my third royalty statement, and while the sales of my debut novel have been underwhelming, to put it mildly, I will say this: Nobody who’s read it didn’t like it. At least, nobody has complained. I’ve received quite a few compliments beyond those listed on my main page under the heading “Praise for SECRETS OF THE LOTUS by Michelle Garren Flye.”
My oldest son asked me if I was disappointed my book had sold so few copies. Well, short answer is yes. I want people to read what I write because there’s usually a reason I’m writing it. Plus, I’ve got enough ego to want it to be stroked every so often with a compliment. The more people who read what I write, the better my chances are of getting that sought-after compliment. So yeah, I’m disappointed.
On the other hand, I know it’s a good book. I don’t need anyone to tell me that, really. Hell, I read the thing at least half a dozen times myself after writing it, and I didn’t get tired of it. It’s good, and that’s not my ego talking. I wrote a good book, and when people read it, they like it. It’s kind of hard to like something if you don’t read it, right?
I’ve spent a great deal of time reading articles about promoting your ebook, getting more reviews, selling your book. I’m going to stop that now. I don’t really have a plan of action, but I do have a few promotional materials I’m going to distribute, a couple of ads that will appear soon and a guest blog or two still to come. Other than that, I’m going to do the one thing I know will convince readers I’m a good writer: Write.