Guess what! Last month, I was finally able to achieve a dream of mine – a dream I’ve had since…since forever, actually. I finally published my books, and they are now on Amazon!
Yay! Happy Dance! Happy Song! Happy Times!
Back in August 2015, I ended up putting a zip file on a server and setting up an e-store on my site (and did all sorts of interesting techie stuff that I won’t bore you with), so I could started selling what I like to call ‘My Tarot Book’. I wasn’t really expecting much. Except of course, the satisfaction of having written a Tarot book that was ‘different‘, and then putting it up on my site for sale. Honest. I then shared this information on my FaceBook and email list.
Boom! People came over to my site, and started downloading the sample chapter. And then they even ended up buying the book! As the days passed, I saw the sales numbers creep up steadily and I kept looking at them in awe. I mean, how in the world…
And, I started getting emails from people wondering if they could buy a paperback version of my book. Wowzers!
The emails weren’t just a one or two, but quite a few.
So I took a huge, massive, deep breath and made my way over to Amazon’s Createspace website and started the process of figuring out what to do, and how to do it, and so on and so forth. I’m not going to bore you with the details of all the nitty-gritty stuff that I had to tackle during the process (because that stuff will go on my writing site at some point, get it?). But I had two saviors during this entire time, and both of them were superb apps. One was of course, the love of my life, Scrivener. And the other was Pages – not the watered-down Pages as we know it today, but Pages from iWork ’09 when Apple was still doing cool stuff and setting standards for the rest of us.
And ‘coz gutter margins are an actual thing, people!
Both these apps did so much work for me, and ended up saving me tons of $s which I would have otherwise spent on stuff like formatting, converting, and layouting of the text and images of the book. Of course, all of this was wayyy simpler with the fiction book that I was also working on, because that one didn’t have ton of images in it – but that’s another story, really.
I uploaded stuff, and I ended up ordering a couple of rounds of proof copies as well. I even ended up meeting an angel online, who spent a lot of his time reading through my book and emailing me suggestions and edits. I also got my covers professionally designed from this awesome duo of designers that I found online.
All of this, naturally, made me feel that the Universe was sending me the helpers I needed as and when they were needed. And that meant only one thing: I was meant to do this. It is part of the grand plan that the Universe has for my life. I felt it deep in my bones. It felt…just right.
I set it up so people could buy the paperback book all over the world – wherever there was an amazon site for them. I also put the kindle version of my book up there, and I made it available for their unlimited library subscription bit. I spent a fair bit of time debating the price that I wanted to set – because I wanted to make it reasonably priced (so everyone could buy it even while on a budget).
The response of that move was mind-blowing! I would never-in-a-million-years have seen this coming. Wow! Not only did people end up buying copies of the paperback version, but the kindle version and the library version both have been racking up sales as well. Putting my books on Amazon and making them available as a paperback truly did give my books a bigger exposure than before!
The journey of the novel that I published around the same time is slightly different. All these years, while I did build a bit of an ‘audience‘ for my Tarot stuff, I never really created any for my story writing stuff. Still, the eBook version of my novel is doing pretty ok. I hadn’t really expected that. I wasnt really thinking of that one much, and so when expectations were zero, seeing these good results was an eye opener for me. Because, every step of the way, I’m learning so much!
Back when I hadn’t even written a single chapter, I used to think that writing my first draft was going to be the main event. Turns out, when I started to edit my book, I had to reassess my thoughts. Editing was the big toughie. Then, when I decided to figure out the publishing, I had to change my thoughts once again. Pre-Publishing stuff was super hard. Of course, after I hit the ‘Publish’ button, I realized, Post-Publishing Publicity was the hardest bit.
Ultimately, ‘hard’ is as ‘hard’ gets. With the second book, the novel, things went a bit smoother – because I already knew what to expect.
So this means, that I’ll only get used to this as I do it more often. And this also means, that when I keep doing it over and over, I will find my pattern, and my process, and improve them and all that good stuff as I keep doing it again, and again, and again.
I plan to. 😎 I so totally plan to.
This post today is a sort of an acknowledgement really. I am so much in awe. I feel so much gratitude. This is my way of saying: “Thank You, Universe”.
In my mind, I flashback to the day when I first started my blog (and it was on blogger, not here tbh), and I remember how I felt. I had only one thought: keeping an online journal of my thoughts and stuff. I had no idea people would even stop by to read my stuff. I wasn’t expecting it. And even today, it doesn’t really matter if they do or they don’t. This blog here is not a “commercial” venture for me.
Of course, there were times when I ended up logging my thoughts the old-fashioned way, in a paper-pen journal. But no matter what, I always keep coming back here, and posting stuff.
So, today, as I transition into the next wonderful phase of my life, I wanted to stop by and document it. I wanted to say “Hi” and say “Thank You” – because this blog was the first time I shared my deepest thoughts on the internet. This was where it all sort of began for me.
And although my journey has taken another turn, and a new chapter of my life has begun, I will always keep coming back here. Here’s where my roots are. This right here is where I planted the seed. This is my touchstone, the place where I realign myself, and remember the beginning.
So much wonder and so much adventure.
Life really begins every time you say it begins.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!