I wrote my first novel in 1998, wrote two more by 2001, and then started writing Eleanor, my twelve-years-in-progress-and-still-unfinished epic. Along the way, I collected rejection letter after rejection letter. I got signed by an agent, and then got dropped. I tried turning Eleanor into a graphic novel, then put it on hold. In December 2012, I took a shot at writing a novel for Amazon's Breakthrough Novel competition. The result was The Man Who Ended the World. Impatient as I am, I decided to skip the contest and moved right into self-publishing, releasing the book on Amazon in January, 2013.
In February and March I released The Settlers and The Colonists, the first two entries in my science fiction trilogy. And this month I began serializing Greatfall, a novel set in Hugh Howey's Woolverse.
Self-publishing has its naysayers, and one common argument is that indie authors usually sell no more than 57 books. In their entire careers. Curious, I did the math. How well have my books done?
Well, I missed celebrating the milestone when it actually happened, because I was busy writing or something. But here it is:
Since January, I've sold over 1,000 self-published books.
And I have a feeling things are only going to get better. What an exciting year this is going to be!