First, I hope that everyone who reads this has a marvelous New Year, and that their dreams and goals are achieved or that progress is made toward achieving them!
I self-published four different Kalieri Tales during 2013. Which was quite an adventure/accomplishment for me. I learned much, made a little 🙂 But then I didn’t expect to become rich … (tongue in cheek –>) at least not immediately.
What I learned: Self-publishing on Amazon for Kindle is a breeze. Self-publishing on Smashwords is a chore, but a necessary evil to make items available to other ereaders besides Kindle.
I confirmed that I haven’t changed since my early years in some aspects. I am NOT a marketing person (no matter how hard I try) at least not for myself. I can market for others, no problem, just not for myself.
And I learned — actually relearned — a great deal about people and promises and what/who to count on [<–This could be classified as one of the happier bits learned in 2013.] and who not to.[<—This could also be classified as the sadest bit learned in 2013.] Promises (words) are easy for other’s to speak, it is the absence of carry through that spikes the wheel.
Was it worth it? I’d say yes since it was a learning experience and learning is always good. I never want to stop learning and this forced me to do something I’ve never done before. Was it worth it financially – yes because every penny earned from the sale of the publications is a penny I didn’t have before (notice I said earned – not profit).
The most memorable event: Unknown to me, my son, who has read none of my writing, downloaded one of the stories from Amazon and read it. When he told me he had done that, truthfully I cringed, but put on a smiley face (I expected the worst). He pulls no punches about books/stories. It made my year when he pronounced it ‘Awesome’. Don’t think anything will top that (even reaching ‘best seller’ status on Amazon).
Conclusions: Not sure. Considering the absence of advertising and/or promotion it is unclear if the publications have been given a fair chance/opportunity to succeed. I cannot be someone I’m not, and I’m not a marketing or salesperson type. So, it may all have been a waste of time and effort (and continue to be both) – but it kept/keeps me occupied and out of trouble (mostly).
2014 – dunno what the coming year will bring, but there will be changes. There were numerous surprises in 2013 and my guess will be that 2014 will be no different. As always, whatever happens I’ll roll with the bad, fly with good, and generally have a great time living and learning! 🙂