Well, the sale lasted from Saturday through Monday. We were out of town that weekend anyways, so I decided I wasn’t going to even look at any results until the whole thing was done. I was hoping for a bunch a free downloads, which would lead to a few new sales afterwards, maybe a few sales of other stories, and a review or three.
Well, I did get a bunch of free downloads.
Other than that, not a tremor. It was disappointing, but not unexpected. I have no name recognition, and my stories are all just shorts, mostly in the fantasy genre. So, basically, the experiment was a failure.
And I’ve kind of decided to give up on the whole idea of self-publishing fiction. I really should focus on writing longer works if I ever want to be an accomplished writer. And submitting them to paying markets is probably a better idea.
I do have another orc story complete, and a trusted reader looking at it. Since it’s a continuation of two previous stories, I might go ahead and self-pub it. Though I am actually thinking of just letting is simmer for a while, writing a few more stories about the cast of characters I have established, and putting them all together in a single volume. I’m looking at the same idea for the Blackskull story. I have a sequel started, with ideas for at least two more.
I think my problem, actually, is much larger than writing. I have a lot on my mind lately, and a lot of worries. So, writing is an effort to say the least. But, since finishing school (more or less), I have been reading more, which always seems to help with my creativity. So, who knows?
In the meantime, I’ll probably just chip away at my various works in progress, and not worry about my future as a writer.