Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Insecure Writers' Support Group

Today is the first Wednesday of a new month. This means it is time for yet another round of Insecure Writers' Support Group posts. The IWSG is a bloghop hosted by science-fiction writer, Alex J. Cavanaugh, where participants are expected to share their writerly challenges, and to show support to others as well.

Last month, I was clearly burnt out following a (somewhat) successful crowdfunding campaign and the launch of a new series. This time around, I'm pleased to announce that things seem to be more manageable. I have since released book two in the series, and will be doing a cover reveal for book three on the Facebook page sometime next week.

Okay. I confess. Everything isn't exactly sunshine and butterflies right now. I'm still waiting for that rather nebulous point in time where one of my books would break out. So far, monthly sales are still in the single digits for each one. It's not easy being an independent writer, I know. But still...

P.S: This is completely off topic, but The Beatles totally rock! :D


  1. Glad it's more together for you now. Just keep moving forward. And like the random thought at the end!

    1. Thanks, Alex. You totally rock too of course, for starting the IWSG. :)

  2. Keep at it, and hopefully your persistence will pay off. Best of luck!

    And yes, The Beatles do rock. My oldest son is named Jude because of the song "Hey Jude." The Beatles will always rock.

    1. Thanks, L.G. I can sorta relate with your son. My mum claims I was named after the archangel, but I'm pretty certain the King of Pop had something to do with it as well. :)

  3. I agree it's very hard for a new writer to become known - does seem like you're headed in the right direction though.

    1. Thanks, Patsy. There's so much to do and learn, and not enough hours in the day to implement them sadly.

  4. Think of it this way: Single digits is better than 0. You made the first step in getting you stuff out there.

  5. Yes, something is better than nothing. Self-pubbing is hard, hard work. You're doing an amazing job. Have you ever looked into a small independent publisher?

    Any heck yeah, The Beatles do rock...still!

    1. Thanks, Nancy. I haven't looked into any small presses. I just might one of these days, for a future project. :)

  6. Congratulations on the Book 2. how exciting!
    The Beatles make me feel old. The year I was born, they had TWO #1 hits! Wowsers!

    1. Yep. Wowsers. But aren't we all. Old I mean. The Red Hot Chili Peppers certainly make me feel that way, even though they've only been around for, what, almost 30 years!?! :o

  7. I'm glad things are getting easier for you. From personal experience, sales do start slowly, but hopefully they'll pick up for you, especially when the others are out too. People might buy a later book, then come back for the rest?

  8. It'll happen for you. Just keep mentioning it on your blog and to friends and family. You stories were really interesting and unique. Sales will pick up!

    1. Thanks, Lauren. I'm glad you've been enjoying them thus far, because things are about to get pretty intense from book 3 onward. :D

  9. It's always hard to break out, but when you do you'll find the next hurdle is selling the next book, and the next one. Just keep moving forward Michael. Thanks for sharing man

  10. Yeah, being an Indie writer can be a very tough road to hoe. That said, as long as sales continue to come in, it beats a zero. Market, market, market!

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