Amazing how you can go through a few ups and down in the space of 24 hours. I’m only talking about little things, nothing earth-shattering, but changes in mood nevertheless.
A little over 24 hours ago, I was delighted to receive a four-star review on Amazon; outside of the review, I even had a good bit of feedback from this person on what worked with Monkey Arkwright and what didn’t. This kind of insight into the reader’s mind is invaluable, and I’m most grateful when it happens (because at this stage of my writing career, it hasn’t happened that much!) When this reader commented that my book was a lot better than some of the books that he’d read recently and then mentioned Lee Child in a not-so-favourable way, well, I was most chuffed, as we say in the North. Never mind Lee, I’m sure that you have more fans and more money than me, but I’ll claim victory in the Campbell versus Child write-off that took place in my imagination last night. I’m gearing up to play Dan Brown in the Round of 16 next, but I digress.
Then there was a downer. Remember how last week, coming out of my free promotion period, I said that I’d made four sales, but two had been chalked off via some barmy “returns” system? Well six whole days later, I lost another sale! You can imagine how that made me feel before I went to bed last night. I’d reported that I’d reached the milestone of 30 sales, only to find out that I was suddenly back down to 29. It all seemed so unfair (like I said, minor crisis; nothing major really).
I felt a bit better when I woke up today, and my mood improved further when a work colleague told me that he’d started reading my book. “It’s strangely readable,” he said, with a sense of wonder in his voice. We then had a quick chat about my character, Train Man, and I let slip that he might be important later in the story. You’d be amazed how many comments I get about Train Man; I need to do a blog post on him at some point.
I titled this post “Ups and Downs,” but to be fair, there are more ups than downs to report. This evening, I checked my sales report to find that I’d sold another copy today! After I’d fist-pumped and cartwheeled across the lounge, I realised that for the second time, I’d reached the 30 sales mark. So, if you bought Monkey Arkwright today, give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve made my day. Thank you very much.
Amazing how the trivialities of life as an indie author can make your mood swing so easily.