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message 1: by Neil (new)

Neil Ostroff (httpgoodreadscomneil_ostroff) | 255 comments The secret to making it as a successful indie writer is this: PATIENCE. Authors are experiencing first hand a new era in book selling where a writer can instantly connect with a publisher and then sell directly to a reader. This offers millions of new voices to be heard, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing for readers. Good, if the story is well-written, and bad for all the novice books taking up virtual shelf space and attention.

It used to be that authors received a quarterly notice on sales and had no way of knowing how they were going until then. Now, sales recordings are almost instant. A writer can check hourly if he or she has sold a book. This can lead to daunting feelings of “things aren’t happening fast enough”.

Yesterday, I was a little depressed because I only logged seven sales for all my books for the day. What I didn’t take into account is how many I would sell over the three month period. If I only received notice of sales quarterly, I would show hundreds of sales and that would make any indie writer happy.

With the electronic age my books have no shelf life so they will be available for purchase forever. It’s kind of mind boggling when you think about it. I have my entire life to market and promote my books. Wow!

To read more about me and my books please check out my blog: ALWAYS WRITING http://www.neilostroff.blogspot.com


message 2: by K.S. (new)

K.S. Daniels (ksdaniels) | 22 comments This is something we all need to be reminded of. I tell myself everyday to be patience. It's the hurry up and wait game and it can be agonizing, especially for me since I've never been know for my abundance of patience haha.


message 3: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Landmark (clandmark) | 242 comments You're so right, Neil. I'm guilty of checking my sales on a fairly regular basis--not necessarily every day but at least once or twice a week. And, it can be very discouraging not to see many sales being logged. I keep telling myself not to check so frequently, but it's difficult not to. :)


message 4: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 2160 comments I totally agree. It comes down to and an author has to have patience. I'm sure we would all like nothing more than to release our books and have it sell like hot cakes right away but chances are for us Indie Authors it's not realistic to happen. This should not discourage us by any means because it takes time and an author needs to have patience and just sit back, promote and market as best as they can and if they gets sales they get sales, if it's slow it's slow you really can't predict what will happen.

Personally, I hardly check my sales although I have recently because two people told me they purchased it. It's just like the whole Amazon ranking, there's no need to check it all the time since it's constantly changing hourly but if you sell a few copies it will drop and then should be checked. But yes to conclude, I agree it all comes down to having patience.


message 5: by Neil (new)

Neil Ostroff (httpgoodreadscomneil_ostroff) | 255 comments I wish I could slow down. I check sales ten times a day sometimes.


message 6: by Robert (new)

Robert Roberts (goodreadscomrobertroberts) For me e-book sales are fairly consistent per month, but the paperbacks are almost non-existent.


message 7: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 2160 comments My computer is awfully slow so it prevents me from checking my sales all the time lol. I've only had two sales so far but I'm not discouraged at all since it's only been a month, it's still early and I have patience.

Give it time Robert, it'll show.


message 8: by Neil (new)

Neil Ostroff (httpgoodreadscomneil_ostroff) | 255 comments I don't even bother checking my paperbacks and was pleasantly surprised when I got a tax form for my royalties earned. I have direct deposit.


message 9: by K.S. (new)

K.S. Daniels (ksdaniels) | 22 comments I use to check mine at least 10 times a day. Now I refuse to let myself look at sales more than once a week. It has helped with my stress level for sure!


message 10: by Neil (new)

Neil Ostroff (httpgoodreadscomneil_ostroff) | 255 comments haha thanks


message 11: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 2160 comments Yeah,
I went with direct deposit as well. I used Createspace to publish and they recommended direct deposit cause apparently sending checks you need to sell $100 whereas DD is $10, which is alot easier to get to.


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