One year ago today, on May 14th, 2013, I published my first novel, ‘Take The Star Road‘. It was followed by a sequel two months later, and by a non-fiction memoir of prison chaplaincy two months after that. The third novel in my military SF series followed in February this year.
It’s been twelve months of enormously hard work, but also worthwhile rewards. Last week I passed the 25,000 sales mark, a fitting climax to my first year as a self-published author. That gives me a target for future improvement. If, as a complete unknown, I can sell that many books in one year, why not strive for twice as many in my second year on the market? I’ll accept my own challenge, and try to sell 50,000 books between now and May 14th next year. Let’s see how it goes.
I owe all of you, my readers and friends, an enormous debt of gratitude for your support. I’m really glad so many of you like my books, and I can’t thank you enough for buying them and recommending them to your friends. It’s been estimated that of the (literally) millions of self-published books now on the market, fewer than one in a thousand will achieve significant sales, and fewer than one in ten thousand will reach best-seller status. Thanks to you, I’ve already achieved the ‘significant sales’ milestone more than once. Now to see if I can further improve the quality of my writing, and my marketing efforts, to the point that I can join the ranks of bestselling authors!
Thanks again, friends. I couldn’t have done this without you.