A few folks have told me they’d like a blog post where I lay out how I make full time writing work financially, and how I was able to make the leap from a “day-job” to my current half-bohemian/half-military existence. That’s coming, honest. But, for now, I want to tip my hat to the now undeniable forward movement of this machine I’ve been building over the past decade and a half.
The exact date may vary, but we’re pretty much 22 days away from CONTROL POINT hitting stores, and people are starting to talk about the book. It’s an anxious time for me. First week sales are important, and you have to remember that this isn’t just my hobby. My goal has always been to be a full-time professional writer (and serve part-time in the military reserve), so there’s a lot of hand-wringing and tea-leaf-reading as I try to see how things are shaking out.
Here’s what I can tell/control to date:
- 11 reviews have been published thus far, with more inbound. The general consensus is pretty damn positive.
- A slew of guest posts and interviews should be coming out in between the time you read this blog post and the time the book is released.
- 218 people have added it on goodreads. 19 people have rated and 12 have reviewed it. The average rating is 4.58 stars out of a possible 5.
- Trying to read amazon.com sales rankings is always a bit of alchemy, but a recent discussion with my agent left me thinking that provided your Kindle edition sales ranking is staying consistently above 75,000, that means you’re moving copies fairly regularly. CONTROL POINT has been above that number steadily since the turn of the year. Near as I can tell, people are pre-ordering.
- I have booked myself for every con I can reasonably afford. This weekend will see me at Arisia. The following weekend, I’ll be at Confusion. In February I’ll be at Boskone. In May, I’ll be at Balticon (where I’m up for the Compton-Crook Award). I’m already booked for World Fantasy Con and am trying to decide on whether I’ll go to Worldcon or DragonCon. I’m strongly considering going to San Diego Comic Con if I can possibly afford it. Some of this is just plain fun. I’m a fanboy at heart and going to cons is a blast for me, but it’s also a chance for me to interact with fans and get the word out about my book.
- And *finally*, today, I got to hold the finished, printed book in my hand. It was a pretty amazing moment. You have to remember that, since I was a kid, I have wanted to be a fantasy writer. This book represents the culmination of 15 years of serious adult labor, and over 30 years of childhood dreams that never quit.
I am tweeting and posting to Facebook and blogging. I am doing everything I can to get the buzz going and keep it going. I am saying yes to every request to review, interview or guest blog. I am doing the best I can to connect with fans and get them interested in what I have to say. I have written the best book I know how. I am continuing to hone my craft and try to make each sequel better than the book that came before.
I can’t predict how it’ll all shake out. But if this book falls flat on its face, it won’t be because I didn’t give it everything I had.