On mistakes, crowdsourcing, and outright stupidity

So, it’s been 7 days today since I published my book. The first week – as an unknown author – didn’t go too badly, I’d say. Tried (and failed) at a few things. But one of the things I’ve realized during my lifetime is that the path to achieving success is littered with failures.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” ~ Samuel Beckett

At this point, that quote is essentially burned into my memory… sometimes circumstances will be such that things don’t work out. Other times, it’ll be your own stupidity. As I recently discovered, I’d entered less-than-optimal categories, and keywords, for my book into Amazon’s system. A badly categorized book – no matter how good – won’t sell. How can it sell if the target audience doesn’t even know it exists? Even the most expensive camera in the world wouldn’t be able to capture anything if it can’t focus. It’s the same principle here. Fortunately, yesterday, I discovered the error of my ways and have corrected it. So that’s good, I suppose.

Now, let’s go to our next failed project of the week! Crowdsourcing funds for book 2’s editing/typesetting/cover design. Yeah, I started a GoFundMe campaign – didn’t pan out, it seems. Well, something will happen or come along. That’s the way it’s always been for me, right? Right. Need to see how I can get the money ($6000) to get book 2 started up and into the process for full-scale release. for now, I’ll leave the campaign up, but I’m not expecting much from it. Seriously, people will fund potato salad, but they won’t fund an actual entrepreneurial effort. Well, it is how it is. I can whine about it all I want, it’s not going to change reality. Try again, fail again. Fail better. Right? Right.

On the other hand, I made my first $50 in royalties this week! It’s better than $0, for sure. It’s most certainly better than my last so-called book did. Ugh, just the thought of that unedited mess makes me shudder. It’s not much, but it’s certainly better than nothing… and I’ll celebrate the little victories whenever and wherever I can.

OH! Before I forget, I finally got my application from LibraryThing approved. I now have an official author page on that website! I’m happy. Now I just need to make sure that the page is well-made. Anyway, I’ll include a link in a future blog post once the page is complete.

Until next time!

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