There's been an interesting chain of events:
- I sold a copy of A Noble's Quest.
- The reader enjoyed the book.
- The reader shared the book with his sister.
- His sister enjoyed the book.
- The first reader put a review on Amazon.com for 5 stars.
- The sister brought the book to the attention of her boss, who does purchasing for libraries down in the US.
It's possible that this one reader might lead to a snowball effect. This is what I've always hoped for, times a million. As an indie author, we all hope people will enjoy our books enough to tell other people about them. We hope those people will enjoy it enough to tell yet more people. Growth is slow and organic, because each step of the way requires three things. 1) The reader has to enjoy it. 2) The reader has to know other people who might be interested in it, and share the news. 3) That next reader has to pick it up and read it.
His sister is an avid reader, and she thought she had the twist at the end figured out ahead of time, only to realize she had no clue. Both of them have put me on a list of authors to watch for, which is about the highest praise an author can get.
This has the potential to sell 100+ copies of the book.
I don't like to count on a deal before it's finalized, but this could be the start of something amazing! Because it's for libraries, it's not worth a lot of money up front. I have it set up that institutions can purchase the book through CreateSpace.com for a discounted rate, and I'll only see $1 profit per book. But it's not so much the money that has me excited as the potential to reach hundreds of new readers! I'm filled with nervous energy, so I think I need to do some writing to get it out.
Demon Invasion is up to almost 17,000 words. By the end of tonight, I'm hoping to have it over 18,000. At my normal writing pace, I should be done the first draft in 2-3 weeks. Then I'm going to get cracking on A Hero's Birth.
Since this novella is going to be priced at only 99 cents, I'm not paying for cover art. Instead, I'm using a picture I took at my cousin's last year and using the same font for the title that +Harvey Bunda uses for my other covers.
It's nothing fancy, much like Dawn's cover, but I like it. Here's what it's going to look like: