The release came after four months of preparation. I’d spent countless hours writing and editing, and then editing again at my producer’s suggestion. By the end of it, I’d read the book so many times I had it memorized.
Up to that point, it was the best work of my life.
The release came and went. My publisher gave it a small marketing budget, and by the end of the book’s first week available for purchase on Kindle and iBooks, it ranked on Amazon Best Sellers list at number 2,086.
I thought it’d move up. It didn’t.
Just shy of three years later, it’s ranked at number 2,472,423.
I made a total of 643 dollars from that book, given the 60/40 deal I signed.
Despite the book’s failure, I’m not upset by the ratio of time invested to money made. I don’t include Sisters in my body of work when talking to prospective clients, but I don’t criticize it either, because the process of publishing it is invaluable to my career. I’d do it again a million times over, even if the book had made zero dollars.
The experience made me a better writer. It taught me to understand the difference in communication style when speaking with agents, producers and editors. It destroyed my fear of failure, because I realized failure doesn’t exist.
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