I ran a promo on Thursday with I Love Vampire Novels, promoting Dragon Blue for free and got a very nice boost. It seems to have had some sticking power for the last few days as well, so it was definitely worth the money I spent on it. I’ll be using that one again for future books. I think I’m now starting to see the path by which I can actually do this full-time. Though I’m pretty sure that’s not going to be possible unless I either have multiple series or one of my books just goes viral. I’m pretty sure I just need to keep turning out solid stories for my catalog and eventually everything will add up.
But I got a really nice email today from a reader that reminded me it’s not just about marketing and strategizing and trying to maximize ROI. She said she’d read my latest book and that it helped distract her from the worries in her life. Imposter Syndrome is a very real thing, and even though I’m not a “high-achieving individual” (at least not yet), I have doubts nearly every day. I can read a good review and wonder if the reader actually means it, but when someone tells me something I wrote helped them through a rough time, I really have no reason to doubt their sincerity. It’s just a really nice feeling.
I’m still getting that nagging urge to jump over and start a new series, but I’m pretty sure I need to resist it. In my last post, Sheila suggested that I take a little break. I’m definitely doing that for Christmas, but I want to make sure I get the bulk of the draft for Dragon Black, Dragon White finished first. I passed the halfway mark this week. It’s going to need a fair amount of significant revision, but it’s coming together. After Christmas, if it just feels awful sitting down to work on it more, I might actually take a little break to work on something else.