Self-Publishing Update: I Got My Foreword Clarion Review!

Sales/Expenses Since March 26

Books sold: $0

Money earned: $0

Money spent: $939.33

Total

Books sold: 375 ebooks, 147 paperbacks

Volume 2 pre-orders: 32

Money earned (book sales): $1,480.87

Money earned (Patreon): $6,909

Money spent: $7,561.90


So… I’m switching from weekly self-publishing updates to “updates whenever I have news to share,” because otherwise I would have spent the past two weeks writing boring ‘ol nothing new to report blog posts, and nobody wants to waste their time on those.

But I have news to share! Today! The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2 got its Foreword Clarion Review!

You can read the full review, but here’s the pull quote:

The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2 is a satisfying family saga about growing up and coming into one’s own.

This review was a four-star review, compared to Volume 1‘s five-star review, which I think is accurate. This isn’t to say that Volume 2 is significantly worse than Volume 1, or even 20 percent worse, but… it’s like I said at the Phinney Books launch last year. It’s hard to write about adulthood, if you aren’t doing, like, THE MYSTERY! or ALIENS! or OH NO, AN AFFAIR! There’s a long tradition of writing the ordinary young person coming of age, and I did that pretty well in Volume 1. There are fewer books about ordinary people navigating adult life — which, you know, Meredith addresses in the first chapter of Volume 2.

(NO, THAT’S NOT A SPOILER, I PUT IT AS A TEASER CHAPTER AT THE END OF VOLUME 1.)

Also, my BlueInk Review is now up in full on the site, if you want to read it. Next up should be Kirkus, and then I’ll have enough blurbs to print the paperback.


As you can probably tell by the amount of money I’ve spent since my last update, I am in the middle of planning THE BOOK TOUR. (Flights and hotels are expensive, even when you’re paying for part of the trip with miles.) I have a few stops planned that I’m not sure I can formally announce yet, but I can announce that I am teaching a class at Seattle’s Hugo House on Tuesday, June 5:

The Finances of Self-Publishing
Self-publishing is easier than ever—but it isn’t cheap. When you become your own publisher, you take on all the costs associated with publication: hiring editors and designers, getting industry reviews, planning book launches and book tours. You also become your own accountant: how much should your book cost, and how many copies will you need to sell to break even? Is it worth it to sell print copies as well as ebooks? What about taxes? This course will cover the finances of self-publishing, explain the types of expenses you can expect as a first-time publisher, and discuss ways to keep your costs low while still creating a professional-quality book.

Here’s where you go if you want to register! I am so excited to get to talk about money and budgeting and figuring out how to fund your self-published book, because… well, you have been following all of my updates and financials, right? If you are in Seattle, I hope to see you there — if you aren’t, I hope you tell all of your Seattle-area writer friends. ❤

Photo credit: Rosmarie Voegtli, CC BY 2.0.

 

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