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message 1: by Neil (new)

Neil Ostroff (httpgoodreadscomneil_ostroff) | 64 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 Thomas (new)

Thomas Jenner (thomasjenner) | 4 comments I totally see where your coming from, and I agree. I had to look at things very differently when looking at my sales stats on a daily basis. If you were to add it up over a 1, 2 or 3 month period, it doesn't look so bad. in fact it looks GREAT! :) So I would say you hit that right on the head!
But another thing I feel I have to add is, It seems most readers have no idea how much work is put into writing a book, and just get this idea(O.o) that we should give it away for free. so us as writers shouldn't let those type of people make us give up or put us down. most people have no problem paying for entertainment. and the ones that do, well...they still pay anyway :P
If you check out my blog I go over some of these things, and will go into them more in the future.


Learn more about my Book Series on my blog - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...


message 3: by A.L., Stormy Chronicler (new)

A.L. Butcher (alb2012) | 998 comments To an extent we define our own success. I don't make seven sales a day but that said I am content with my levels of sales. Of course more are welcome but I sell a few a month, every month and more than I ever thought I would. I often see new authors saying why haven't they sold 100 books a day. Sorry but that takes time.

Last year my mother died of cancer, but before she passed away she held the first edition of my book in print. Even when she was dying she was so proud and so happy. She told everyone, and I mean EVERYONE. To me that is success.

It depends, I suppose on whether you are trying to make a living by writing.


message 4: by Neil (new)

Neil Ostroff (httpgoodreadscomneil_ostroff) | 64 comments Yes, Alexandra that is success.


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