This Week in Self-Publishing: I Got My BlueInk Review!

This Week

Books sold: 3 ebooks (Amazon), 1 ebook (iBooks)

Money earned: $11.12

Money spent: $0

Total

Books sold: 375 ebooks, 147 paperbacks

Volume 2 pre-orders: 30

Money earned (book sales): $1,480.87

Money earned (Patreon): $6,909

Money spent: $6,622.57


I am currently at the beginning of what I’m calling the “promotion critical path.” There are certain actions that have to complete (like finalizing the date for the reading/launch that I’m currently planning in Cedar Rapids) before I can start other actions (like reaching out to the local newspaper and local library). There’s a lot of work to be done, but I do enjoy putting to-do lists together and then doing the items on the list!

I also got my first industry review for The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2. It’s from BlueInk Review, and so far I think the pull quote is “the writing is precise and wonderfully descriptive.” The full review will be on the BlueInk site next week and I’ll give you the link as soon as I get it.

I’ve been getting more NetGalley reviews for Volume 1 (none for Volume 2 yet), and people either really love the book or they say it isn’t their thing, which is fine. Nobody has yet said that the book is bad, or the writing is bad — which is kind of all I care about? If it’s not your thing, no big deal. But if I wrote terrible prose, then that’s on me. So far that does not seem to be the case; the one consistent comment I’ve gotten from reviewers is that the writing is very strong. (Precise and wonderfully descriptive!)

I also found out that I did not make it onto the Foreword Indies finalist list, which is disappointing — but, again, not a big deal. Submitting to awards is the important part; whether or not I win them is out of my control, so it’s not worth worrying over. I have my list of to-dos and I am going to do them, and that’s all I really can do: write the best book I know how and share it with as many people as possible. ❤

Photo credit: Arnolds Auziņš, CC BY 2.0.

 

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