Not What I Expected At All

When I wrote Into the Badlands I wrote it because I love to write and the story held meaning for me. I didn’t expect it to sell and I didn’t expect to make any money on it.

I read Joe Konrath’s blog religiously, I follow the news about self-publishing, and I’m playing the self-publishing game with all the technique I can muster. I knew there were self-published authors out there selling thousands upon thousands of eBooks, but I very much doubted I’d be one of them.

Instead I set my sights on a more realistic goal.

I set a goal that I would sell 100 books in the first 12 months after my novel was published. 100 copies was a “stretch” goal; I felt it more plausible to reach for 50. In reality, I figured I’d actually sell 25 copies.

Even if I sold only 25 copies that would still be $50 in my pocket. I’d be getting paid for something I’d always done for free. And 25 people would have read my work. That’s still a win. Continue reading

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Editing: A Massive Underestimation

When I wrote and released Into the Badlands I thought I’d done a pretty damn good job with it. I read through it several times, ran it through a spell-checker one final time, then published. It actually started selling a few copies even. Then one day on a whim I paged through the book and read a few paragraphs.

I found an error. Then I found another error. Then another one. And another.

I was completely flabbergasted. How could there be so many errors? I spell-checked it. I read and re-read it multiple times. Yet there the errors were, like a black eye.

Immediately I stopped all the other work I was doing and went back to editing the manuscript again. This time, however, I had another plan.

I read through it again, fixing any errors I found along the way. Then I again ran it through the spell-checker that ships with LibreOffice. LibreOffice doesn’t have a grammar checker, but there’s a wonderful plugin that will add grammar checking via After The Deadline. Continue reading