One thing I didn’t realize when I self published my novel ‘Pulled’ was that I should have waited to ‘publish’ it until after I’d won the lottery. I mean, seriously, it costs MONEY to do this stuff!
For instance, ideally, I would have paid an editor to review my manuscript before publishing, but alas, feeding my kids had to come first. So instead I relied heavily on the handful of Beta Readers I finagled into editing it.
Then it takes 2 months before you get a check from Amazon for the tiny profit you get after printing and marketing costs. Then what do I do with those profits? Bought more copies of my book to try and sell. Of course, I may have made a tad more money if I didn’t give over HALF of those copies away to people. But I couldn’t stop myself. I want people to read my book, and if they aren’t going to buy it, then I have to give it to them, don’t I?
It’s now November. It marks the 3rd month that my book has been available, and I fear it may be the end of the road. Not a single sale in print or e-copies this month. *sigh*
I’ve scrapped together any money I could in order to get 12 more author copies in a vain attempt to try and pull off an author signing somewhere, but will need more than 12 to do that. It may take me several more months to get together that much money again.
So in the meantime, I need to go dig for change in my sofa in order to purchase this week’s lotto ticket. You never know, this could be THE one.