I was chatting with my friend Susan Bischoff and she was telling me about the year in review post she was working on. I’d seen a few of these on other blogs so I asked her if this was the thing to do. It was and since I want the same success as her I knew I had to do one too.
Easier said than done because in my mind nothing interesting enough to read about happened last year. Like the title says I had no book sale greatness to talk about, but then I realized something better happened than sales. At least for 2010. 2011 year in review is going to be ALL about book sale greatness.
To get the full picture of why 2010 was so good I have to take you back to the end of 2009, specifically November. I had an idea in my head that had to come out and through my limited knowledge, the only way to do it fast was NaNoWriMo. I took the challenge and wrote my 50k. Yay me.
Fast forward to July/August 2010. Whoosh!
I’ve still got this draft with minimal edits on it. I’ve still got it in my head that I’m going to get cracking on this editing, find an agent and land a publishing deal. But I’d heard of self-publishing and beyond that had no other useful knowledge on the subject.
Google to the rescue!
I type in “indie publisher” and a few clicks later I’m at the blog of Zoe Winters, which I later found out was inevitable because she’s in every corner of the internet. Check it out if you want, but I’m serious. Every. Corner.
So post after post I’m learning about ebook potential and my options as a self-publisher. I’m starting to get a good feeling and not too long after that, I found myself in the middle of a blog carnival or synchroblog. I hopped around reading about why all these authors went indie, which totally proves there’s a higher power because this was the exact thing I wanted to know. From then on I knew what I wanted to do.
Since then I’ve been reading a lot on the subject, talking to authors (some of which are now my friends) started blogging, but most rewarding of all is there’s interest in my debut. Why? I have nothing to support how good of a FICTION writer I am. Yes, I have opinions on writing and I like to tweet goofy things on my mind, but does any of that say fiction writer? Not to me. The only reason for anyone to be interested in my book, sight unseen, is they like me. It’s not a radical thought that someone would like me. I think I’m a swell guy, but to personally like me enough to want to read my work is pretty amazing to me.
Eventually I know not everyone reading my work will be doing it because of some personal connection. They might only know my name and what my bio says and there’s nothing wrong with that. What’s happening now is a necessary first step to getting me there and so far it’s been a wonderful ride.
Thanks to everyone for making 2010 as good as it was. You all continue to inspire, encourage and learn me stuff.