Wednesday, August 7, 2013

IWSG August 2013

The weeks and months are just flying by! Here we are again at the first Wednesday and the Insecure Writer's Support Group (I'm currently #168), brainchild of the super Alex Cavanaugh. Don't forget that the last installment of the Cassa Trilogy will be released on September 17th, 2013!

This month I wanted to give a few shout outs to some people that have helped me on this writing journey by giving me encouragement when I needed it most. Here they are in no particular order...

Michael Offutt, science fiction writer and blogger. His first two novels are out so look them up. Slipstream and Oculus. There are a few more works by Michael on his Goodreads Author Page. He's taking the month of August off of blogging, but you should check him out when he comes back in September.

CD Coffelt, AKA Huntress. There was a time I didn't realize these two great people were one and the same, sad but true. She is one of my critique partners and the owner of Unicorn Bell. There are so many times that's she's saved me from a complete and total emotional break down. Her debut novel The Magic Withheld, comes out August 30th!

Marcy Hatch is another great lady I've met by working over at UB. Her debut novel, Paradise is coming soon from WiDo Publishing. She really knows how to give back to the writing community. Her "First Impressions" is a regular feature on her blog. You should check it out.

While on my trip to TN, I met a new writer. Her cover reveal is today and I'd like to send all of you her way. Cindy Ray Hale has a Facebook Page and a website. I believe she might have even signed up for IWSG, let's welcome her!

Who has motivated you to keep writing?

And...

I finally got my first sales report. The best way to describe my feeling about it is...pleasantly surprised. However, now that I have numbers the insecure side of me says "well, that's everyone I've ever met so the numbers will go down the next six months."

I tried to kick myself for that. Stay positive! Right? I don't even know how these numbers compare to other sales, but I'll take it.

The cycle was Jan 1, 2013-June 30, 2013 (The Magic Wakes came out in print on Feb 19th.)
E-book sales--255
Distributor Sales (print)--118

Now I have a base line for the future. Time to get some more stories out there to keep sales happening instead of dwindling down to nothing.