A Very Fatigued Thank You

It’s been quite a weekend. You know, what with that book release on Thursday and all. You can never really anticipate just how weird the mix of elation, anxiety, crushing stress and unexpected success is going to feel until you’re in it, and how useless you’re going to be to the rest of the world while it’s going on.

This should be the easiest post in the world to write, but I can barely make words come out. Maybe I should have gone with my first idea and typed THANK YOU in the biggest font I could find. You know what? Let’s start there, and then I’ll explain.


Just before Broken Magic was released, I read a statistic: 80% of self-published books sell fewer than 100 copies in their entire lifetime. 80%. I decided that getting out of that 80% was my first goal. If I could get past that threshold, if I could do better than 80% of the field, that would be a start. Last night we passed 100 copies sold of Broken Magic. And we did it in less than a week!

That’s because of you. Your support. You grabbed a copy, told your friends, told the internet, passed along links. You cared enough to make this release a success. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you. A thousand times, thank you.

What’s next?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll wrap up my Adventures in Self-Publishing series. I want to tell you how to format a book for paperback and for e-readers. How to manage a release when self-publishers are given the worst tools on the planet. And how to market when you know absolutely nothing about marketing. I earned a lot over the past few months, and I hope that sharing it with you can help you realize how much power you have to bring something new into the world, even when the powers that be aren’t there to help. I’ll also be refining and expanding the kinds of posts you’ll see here. It’s all about the shameless crowd pleasing at Saalon Muyo!

I’ve also got some exciting promotions coming up for Broken Magic. More on that soon.

I leave you now with the coolest thing someone has sent me since I released Broken Magic. My dear friend QuoterGal, a brilliant and awesome graphic designer, sent me this out of the blue. If you haven’t received your copy of Broken Magic and started to read, consider this a tease. If you have read it (and yes, unbelievably, some people spent their whole weekend reading, so my apologies go out to their employers for their exhausted and possibly braindead employees), how cool is this? And if you haven’t picked up a copy at all? Click on through and get one. I’ll beg if I have to.


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6 Responses to A Very Fatigued Thank You

  1. Claire says:

    Utterly awesome! Look forward to rest of your adventures. They’ll help me out!

  2. Lioness says:

    I am MAKING time in my busy life to keep reading because I need to know what happens. That means, among other things , that I just got an overdue notice from the library. ;-) The matchbook cover is very cool. Hooray for QuoterGal.

  3. Haunt1013 says:

    Real life has been doing its best to keep me from reading, but I will prevail. I’m about 2/3 through BM and loving it.

  4. NYPinTA says:

    Still waiting for my copy from Amazon. I’m sure it’ll be great.

  5. Carole Mannino says:

    My copy arrived today!!! Looking forward to reading it!!

  6. susanedits says:

    Very good. Not just that you met your goal, but that you started with a reasonable goal. Too many self-publishing authors declare that they’re going to sell a meeeeellion copies with no plan as to how they’ll make that happen.

    Congratulations, and good luck with the second hundred!

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