Last Updated August 23, 2019
In this post, I will keep you up to date on all the amazing accomplishments I have achieved since publishing my first book.
I started writing the book in 2008, the same year I started my website.
I was 15 years old, and I had just decided that I was going to graduate high school in the following school year.
On June 5th, 2011, I published my book Sad Songs and Gray Dresses as an eBook. I was 18 years old and had no idea how to market my book. My original book cover sucked, but it was the best I could do with the skills I had at the time. I was a sophomore in college when I became a published author. For some reason, I decided not to tell anyone about it. I guess I figured that having lots of social media would be enough. In hindsight, I’m glad that no one bought my first edition.
It made me realized I needed to try harder.
In 2015, I published the second edition of my book with a brand new cover and minor editing. I still did not sell a single copy. This year was the year that I realized that word of mouth was a much better strategy than online advertising. Networking was the best thing I could have done. Despite the lack of sales, I didn’t give up. I knew it was my dream to be a successful writer.
I knew I just had to keep trying.
In 2017, I re-released the third edition of my book and sold two copies. I was excited, but I knew I had to keep up the momentum. I didn’t sell very many copies after that. People that had known me my whole life still had no idea that I was a published author. I’m not surprised they had no idea considering I had only written one book eight years ago, and never published again. During this time, I had just started the Ruth Mini Mobile Library because I was unemployed. Theoretically, I could have started writing again during that time. The reason I didn’t was that I wasn’t in the right mindset for that.
Writing for me is mostly sitting in a room for hours.
I like having a quiet place where I can be alone. However, I needed to get out of the house. More than anything I wanted to start actively writing again, but I had to start preparing for graduate school. It’s tough balancing your passion with your career.
I missed writing so badly, and I knew I needed to find time for it. That wouldn’t happen just yet.
In 2019, I finally rekindled my love of writing. A friend of mine suggested that I turn my book into a print version. I had always hesitated for a variety of reasons, but I think of a majority of it was that I was scared. For whatever reason, that friend spoke to me in a way that convinced to get my book printed.
2019 was the year I realized I didn’t necessarily need to try harder. I just needed to let the world know that I was an author.
Since making my book available as a print version, I sold more than 20 copies in 2 months. It may not seem like much, but I am very proud of that after not having sold any for many years. I feel so much more proud of being a published author. Now I tell everyone that I have a book available to purchase.
Coincidentally, I published the print version of my book Sad Songs and Gray Dresses (Print Version) on June 5, 2019; exactly eight years to the day I published the first time.
One of my first author goals was to surpass triple digits in sales. As of July 2019, I have accomplished that goal. My next goal is to reach the Top 100 on Teen and Young Adult Fiction on Amazon. So far the closest I have made it to the top is #139, 289.
Someone on Twitter posted about Indie Bound, which is a website that allows Independent bookstores to stock your book on their website.
I saw my book on a website for a bookstore in New Jersey. How cool is that?!
I would highly recommend adding your book to this website. The idea that someone can order my book to be picked up at a local bookstore is a strange accomplishment. Online book sales have certainly changed the future of bookstores and how they function in a community.
The next cool thing that happened was discovering my Google Knowledge Graph. For those of you who don’t know, a Google Knowledge Graph is given only to cool awesome people that have created something beautiful and unleashed it to the world. I was super excited when I saw it while searching for my book online. It basically it means I’m famous and important, so says our Google overlords.
Book Launch + Signing
On October 12, 2019, I will be having a Book Launch & Signing at Dead Tree Books on 5645 S Flores St #105, San Antonio, TX 78214. This is my first author event. I hope you will stop by!