I have been looking for creative ways to find motivation to finish a few projects I have been writing. These are large projects that I have put a lot of time into. My problem seems to be that every time I start in on a project some problem arises. Well, NO MORE I SAY! I will finish what I started. I was looking through YouTube videos yesterday for successful self-publishers and came across an interview done by Tom Corson-Knowles. He was interviewing Hugh Howey. For you writers that don’t know who he is I have to ask if that rock is heavy you live under? He is a successful Best Selling Self-Published Author of the Wool series. Whether you liked the book or not you have to give him credit for this feat. In today’s eBook world his 58 page book about a post-apocalyptic silo community hit Amazon like an atomic bomb. You can find the Kindle version Free on Amazon . If this interview doesn’t inspire you to get your finger’s clicking on the keyboard I am not sure what will! It is a long interview so sit back, grab some coffee, and take notes.
Book Sales on Amazon
My book Junior Size Faith was published in May of 2012. When it was released I had a goal of thirty reviews on Amazon. I am not sure why I had this goal set at thirty, it seemed like a high number for a ‘never before published author’ but that was my goal. This goal was reached in close to a year. A steady climb to the number thirty review and that is where it has set for at least three months. Something I noticed last year during the summer months- I hardly sold any books at all for about two and half months. I also noticed the same thing this summer. As soon as school started I noticed the sales picked back up right away.
Odd or are readers just being able to hear themselves think again?
I’ve chalked it up to normal summer activities keeping the average reader busy and away from books. I myself was busy with kid’s activities, my husband, family, vacations and just household duties. Now that they are back in school I have spent time reading and actually adding about fifteen thousand words to my word count on writing projects. I have lofty dreams to keep this word count high now that I have days that I can dedicate to writing without kids needing chauffeured around town (I don’t really mind this), multiplying summer laundry (this, I do mind), or just plan fed (they really can eat a horse) every ten minutes (we have teenage boys). Hours I can dedicate to daydreaming up new plots and forming the perfect sentence. I do cherish every minute we get to spend with our boys, I really do. I also put all my writing on the back burner during the summer months so I can focus on them. I love my children and I make them a great breakfast and dinner, leaving the lunch time and the other seven to eight hours spent in the school system while this momma writes. I remember my mother saying to my sister, brother and I when we had pushed every button she had, “I can’t even hear myself think”. I would hear her say this and think to myself, “Wow, she is sooo dramatic!” No, no she wasn’t.
There will be some of you that say maybe the time I spend marketing suffers over the summer because I put it away for 3 months… Maybe… But, I don’t really market anytime of the year. I actually just started this blog (because I can hear myself think now in complete sentences). My Facebook page that I created over a year ago advertises free books that I find on Amazon and has never really received a lot of traffic. I advertise this page in the Kindle edition of my book. The truth is I just like passing on good deals for the fun of it. Maybe I should market more during the summer months but then I would miss out on all the things I listed above with our kids. I would rather my writing suffer than quality time with my children. I do not have an attention span long enough to manage my marriage, children, household, daydreaming and writing. Kudos for you that do, I am envious!
I don’t think it is just me that this sales drop during the summer months is happening to. Now that my sales have resumed this fall all I can assume is ‘this feeling overwhelmed’ during the summer months has to happen to others and as their (like mine) reading lists get longer they long for the end of August so they can once again, “Hear themselves think,” and get to read a book and get lost in its pages or add to their word count.
Have a great day!!!