Tonight was one of those over-the-top, absolutely amazing, jump up and down and then scream wildly at the top of my lungs moments. Only, I didn’t jump or scream, I’m still too sick for that nonsense — instead, I called my husband (who was out celebrating his win with is “old man” hockey team) … I told him to buy everyone a round on me, I was number 68 and I felt like celebrating.
I’m still on antibiotics and can’t drink, so I celebrated with some grape gatorade … whose jealous now?! Watch out, I’m a real wild one.
Here’s how it happened …
My Goodreads giveaway is ending shortly, only three more days and then it’s done. It’s been fun to watch the numbers climb, watching the trends and lags … tonight when I checked, I had finally broken the barrier into over a 1000 requests, that was my goal — my “wouldn’t be amazing if” when it came to the whole giveaway thing.
I get that everyone likes free stuff, but that was pretty cool nonetheless considering first time giveaways generally net around (according to the e-mail Goodreads sent me) 500 requests. They, in all their wisdom, encourage a second giveaway where the average peaks to about 800 requests. I have clearly smashed both of those numbers with my little book.
Then, I started getting curious … with my “1000+” requests … where did I rank in the “most requested” … so I found my novel, did some simple math and it came out to … the 68th most requested novel.
That’s when I got really excited.
The thing is, being an Indie Author is a lot of small accomplishments. Quiet accomplishments. More often than not it’s defined by the things you wanted and never got. I wanted an agent … nope. I wanted a publisher … nope. I wanted to be taken seriously … that was lukewarm. Until tonight, with my own steam and own work this is what I accomplished.
Right now, there are just shy of 1500 active giveaways … and to be honest, I’ve never ranked anywhere near that high in anything. Not my high school class ranking, not alphabetically … you get where I’m going with this right?
What this had done is bigger than giving me a moment of sheer joy … it’s been the encouragement I needed to continue writing. I’m knee deep into In The After … sometimes it’s harder to write than others. I’ve been sick, planning for our upcoming trip, distracted by the promotion for The Milestone Tapes … but I’ve been trying. Now, I can’t wait to sit down to write and I cannot wait to see what this next book will do.
I cannot begin to put into words the gratitude I feel towards these people willing to take a chance on a first time writer. Now, I know that the copies are free and there is nothing at stake for the people who signed up … but it matters to me that these independent readers even bothered to click on the cover and read the description. I guess it’s really because of all those agents who considered this novel unsalable, they’re beginning to be proven wrong … I believed that this book would mean something to someone and I wasn’t wrong pushing forward with the project. It’s validation … in short … of everything I believed in and everything I worked.
So, I’m climbing off my soapbox now … I just wanted to celebrate for a minute.