So… this is going to come over as me blowing my own horn or being very lacking in confidence over my own work. Sorry about that, I’m just a little, uh, amazed.
I try not to look at the sales figures on my books too much. I get notified by Smashwords when there’s a sale, and I’m still, think of a good word… insecure enough that it’s a real pleasure when one of those emails arrives in my mailbox. I do not, however, go and look at the figures on Amazon’s KDP or Author Central sites much. Once in a while I go peek and I get quite excited that people are buying and, hopefully, enjoying my books.
This evening I got a purchase mail from Smashwords for Steel Beneath the Skin and decided to go see what the figures were actually like. Smashwords sales are, not great, but moving. The Amazon figures blew my socks off. My socks flew across the room and put a dent in the plaster. I mean, I’m not going to be living off the earnings any time soon, but… wow. Added to that, it seems like people are picking up on the Thaumatology books after reading Steel. I am beyond pleased.
Then there are the reviews. I get to see all the reviews through that Author Central site I never visit and there they were. They were not all positive, thanks be to Vashma. I don’t know about you, but all 5 star ratings makes me wonder whether someone paid for the reviews. There are people who have not liked the books I’ve written. More power to their elbows, I say. Not everything is to everyone’s taste.
So, to the point of this ramble. If you’ve reviewed one of my books, no matter what the rating, thank you very much. If you’ve said you liked them, thank you a little bit more. And to everyone reading this who has bought Steel and/or one or all of the Thaumatology series, you’ve made me a happy writer. The whole point of writing these things is to have people read them, and hopefully enjoy them. So, thanks.