Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My First Anniversary as a Published Author!


Today, October 11, marks one year since my very first title, my paranormal erotic short Waking Kara, was uploaded to Amazon.

This is a convenient way to mark my career milestones - I could have chosen the day I submitted my first novel, or the day it was contracted. But, the significance of seeing my book go live on Amazon is something that will always stick with me. Slapping that cover up on Facebook, and seeing the first sale... These are things I won't ever forget.

So, looking back, how has it gone?

Well, I'm not rolling in money. No big NYC suit has come to scoop me up. I'm not rich, famous, or powerful. But, I've made royalties in the triple-digits, and I have small, but steady, sales (until the recent slump). Waking Kara, for example, has sold well over a hundred copies, internationally. I've published six titles now, with more on the way, and have received some very nice reviews, and no horrible ones. I've learned so very much, and made many good friends. My reputation isn't wide spread, but I think it's solid. Best of all, I have heard from a few readers who've enjoyed reading what I wrote - and there is no price tag that competes with that.

Would I like to be richer, more famous and/or more powerful by next year? Sure, I guess. But, one thing I know - I still want to be writing a year from now. And that's a good reflection on how I've enjoyed my experience.

Thanks to Wild Horse Press, who first took a chance on me, and to Wicked Nights, Decadent Publishing and Rebel Ink, who have added to my career in too many ways to mention.

And thanks to all of you!

It's been a good year. Here's to another!

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ETA: How perfect is this? Waking Kara got a review on GR and a blog today. Wonderful timing.

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