Well, folks, it’s now July. I’m officially halfway through my Epic 2013 Writing Experiment. Seems like a good time for an update on how things are going.
As far as meeting my goal of releasing a book every month, I’ve done pretty well. I’ve only missed one month (May).
I’ve also done better than expected in terms of sales and downloads of my books. Not counting Once Upon a Clockwork Tale* I’ve had 57 paid sales, and 1,156 free downloads of my books on Amazon and Smashwords. I’m going to call that a win.
So, a total of 1,213 copies of my books have been picked up by people from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany and Japan. Since they’re only available in English, I think that’s pretty cool. In June, I received my first royalty payment from Amazon for April’s U.S. royalties.
I spent it on a Chinese buffet for lunch. 😉
Only six months from the time I started writing, I got a royalty check. Yes, it was incredibly small. No, I didn’t get a big New York publisher advance. But still, considering how slowly traditional publishing works, that’s sort of amazing to me.
From a pure writing standpoint, it’s been an overwhelming success. I’ve produced four works of lengthy short fiction, and learned a lot from each one. I’m on track to finish (and publish) my first novel this month. I’ve found a strong writer’s voice, and a style/genre I really enjoy, and which at least some readers seem to enjoy.
Each month, I’m able to produce a higher word count for the whole month. Even May, my “mulligan month,” I wrote 9,000 words. My total word count for June was nearly double that at over 17,000 words. Considering I work full time at a fairly challenging new job (one I only started a month before this challenge, so factor in a learning curve there as well), I think that’s also sort of amazing.
I want to take a moment to say that I couldn’t do this if I didn’t have an awesome, supportive husband and kids. They have really stepped up to help me achieve my goals and pursue this project. I hope that they also feel like I’ve continued to help and support them with their own goals and dreams. Achieving my goals in writing would be pretty meaningless if it were at the cost of the relationships with the people I love.
So that’s where things are right now. Thanks for following along.
* Since it was published with a small press, I can only see paperback sales of Once Upon a Clockwork Tale, not eBook sales. Out of respect for my publisher and the three other authors on that project, I won’t be divulging sales figures for OUaCT, although it did make the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers list for Steampunk on the Kindle Store.