Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Indie Life: Meaningful

I have good news and bad news. Being the optimist I am, I’ll start with the good news.

This month, I got two four star reviews of my novel on Christian Manifesto. I also got good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The biggest piece of good news of all? My novel is a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Yes, I screamed when I found out.

The bad news…I haven’t sold one copy of my book this month. Not a single one.

So there is my stark honesty. My sales haven’t been great before this month, but I must admit, I haven’t been promoting my novel as I should. My marketing has been sidetracked by a series of bad migraines. I’ve had to stay away from my computer quite a bit. This month, however, the few sales I was getting dried up.

Now you may be thinking, good reviews and promising contest results should mean something. I was thinking the same thing. I thought they would mean more sales, but they don’t. That’s one of the challenges of indie life. You find yourself wondering what it all means. How do you interpret the ups and downs?

I think the best way to deal with all this is to remember that this is a journey and in every journey there is good and bad. The bad does cancel out the good. Nor does the good cancel out the bad. They co-exist in indie life and every other part of life.

It’s also helpful to remember that bad occurrences don’t make the journey bad and good occurrences don’t make the journey perfect. A balanced perspective is the key. This journey will have good and bad in it. We want it that way. When good and bad co-exist, we can use a better word for our indie publishing journey: meaningful.

Despite my lack of sales, my journey is meaningful. I had courage to believe in my writing. That’s meaningful. I’ve dealt with the myth that sales and good reviews validate my writing career. That’s meaningful. I’ve celebrated that my writing connects with my fans. All meaningful.

Regardless what my sales end up being, I’ve had a meaningful month. 

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Laura Pauling said...

Congrats on making it to the ABNA quarter finals. That's awesome! I think March can be a tough month. Here's to more sales!

Cynthia Marcano said...

Meaningful. Love it!

Terri J. Haynes said...

Thanks, Laura. I'm so excited. I'm praying sales will get better, but if not, I'm on this journey for the long haul.

Nick Wilford said...

You have a lot to celebrate. I'm sure sales will pick up. You're clearly onto a good thing if you're being shortlisted for ABNA!

Terri J. Haynes said...

Thank you, Nick. I am celebrating because I really didn't expect to make it this far :)

heidigarrett said...

Congratulations on reading the ABNA quarterfinals! Savor that! I think from what I've heard…just keep writing:)