• I’m Back

    Posted on April 16, 2012 by in Publishing

    Howdy, all.  Sorry to have disappeared for a time.  I’ve been running around Turkey for the last week or so with a dear friend, my sister and her fifteen year old daughter (aka my niece).  We had a blast.  We shopped and ate and gaped with awe at some of the country’s gorgeous art and rich history. It was a whirlwind and I loved every minute of it.

    But now back to real life.

    Which is going amazingly well, thank you very much.

    Redemption is being well received, which is such a relief.  Leaping into the world of indie publishing with both feet, I didn’t know what to expect.

    I’ve become a big fan of Joanna Penn’s site, The Creative Penn.  It has oodles of helpful advice.  I even went so far as to invest in her course, Secrets of Independent Publishing Success.  It was perhaps the best $49 I’ve ever spent.  One of her suggestions is for new writers to set goals for themselves so they’ll know better how to gauge success–after all, when it comes to sales, I have very different expectations than Nicholas Sparks.

    But I had a really tough time figuring out what would be reasonable.  The only friend I have who is an experienced indie author has been writing Young Adult fiction–a very different beast than Gay/Lesbian Romance.  Still, I’d asked her how her first book had done, and what goals she’d set for herself.  She told me with her first novel, she’d hoped to sell 1,000 copies, which she did.  I thought, ‘Okay.  That seems as good a number as any.  One thousand copies it is!’

    If things continue as they have, I should hit that goal in the next day or two–less than three weeks after the book was first released!


    Redemption spent most of today at #6 on Amazon’s Gay/Lesbian fiction list.  As I type this, it’s ranked #7.  Reader reviews have been pretty good.  I’ve even gotten commitments from a few book review blogs to read it.  Honestly, I’m bowled over.  I keep telling friends and family, “It’s silly.  It’s just silly how this is all going.”

    Mind you, I’m not complaining.  I’m giddy.  “Silly” is the only word I can think of to capture that feeling.

    And I call myself a writer…

    Thanks, everyone.

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4 Responsesso far.

  1. Joanna Penn says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out Olivia and I’m so glad you enjoyed the course. It sounds like your book is doing really well, so congrats!

  2. Ann Benjamin says:

    I’m seriously delighted in your success! It’s great to see talented writers rewarded for years of hard work.

    Might be time to reset those goals, yes? :)

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