So I woke up to this for The Merchant of Nevra Coil:
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #87 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy
- #98 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy
- #165 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
This means Legends of Windemere is 8 for 8 on getting onto the Top 100 lists. So I can relax a bit . . . except that the kid is awake. Also the Giants play today. Wife is looking at me funny for looking through several Final Fantasy victory themes to find the one I want for this. On the plus side, I woke up to the above.
Before I get into other things, I’m going to explain why I’m obsessed with this specific milestone. Back when I published Beginning of a Hero, there were several things that I was told. One was that first time indie authors don’t sell a lot of books and my first attempt will be a failure. Another was that 500 sales is a moderate success in the indie world and it may take a year to do so. Also the, ‘you really want to write in present tense third person’? Then there were the people saying I shouldn’t do it, I’m wasting my time, too much risky, etc. You see, I’ve never really had 100% support outside of the computer because people have always felt like they had to play Devil’s Advocate with me. I’m getting to the point here because this is what happened to my first book:
It sold 1,000 copies in a little over a month and was dancing around the Top 100 Fantasy lists. This was before I knew how to get on Sword & Sorcery, which was a lot smaller at that time. Before I understood marketing or even had a lot of sites to use. The method was I’d see or hear about one, see the price, and jump in if I could because I had maybe a $100 advertising budget back then. To this day, I have no idea what caused this and always wonder if it was a fluke. So, getting another book on the lists kind of acts like a personal justification and a tangible victory that I can show to those who are still on the fence about me doing this. Even after nearly 3 years at this full-time, I still feel like I’m trying to prove myself and the day I can afford a non-Barbie mansion with my royalties is still a long ways off . . . . like never because that’s too many rooms to dust.
So what else is going on? I’m making my way through Crossing Bedlam and hope to finish it by the end of the month. Got Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah (2 chapters), Nevada (2 chapters), and California left. The weekly holidays and annoying weather have gotten in the way a bit. I do enjoy writing these characters and will do the violent introduction of Lloyd Tenay on Tuesday. Not sure when I’ll release it or what to do prior to that. My alpha reader is 2 books behind on Legends of Windemere and I won’t be doing my own read through until November or December. Maybe I’ll do a January release to avoid tripping over another book too much. Still, it’s a tough thing to do since this is a full novel and not a short story like Ichabod Brooks. Need to think up another story for him next summer, but I’ve got time.
A final note:
This Wednesday is YOM KIPPUR
That’s the Jewish day of fasting, which means I’ll be hungry and getting quiet as the day moves on. My tradition is to stay in my room and play an engrossing video game. This year is God of War 1 and possibly 2. So I’m going to be moving my Wednesday post to another spot that will probably be in November. The subject was writing action scenes that involve a lot of jumping, leaping, and acrobatics. Too energetic for me and Kratos isn’t the type to wall run. I’d play Prince of Persia, but my coordination will be a mess by late afternoon. Odd things may get said in comments and tweets though.
So, what’s the targets?
- Write at least 3 chapters of Crossing Bedlam. Probably 4 because I don’t want to stop halfway through Utah.
- Prepare myself for Yom Kippur and hope things run smoothly.
- Make it through Wednesday, which isn’t as hard as one thinks. Just need people to keep the kid entertained because he’s an energy drainer.
- Watch the Giants today.
- Bike, eat on non-Wednesdays, sleep, and all the parent stuff that comes up.
- Curse at Facebook for being a pain.
- Post the original music video I wanted to use below.