Okay! So, January. I rested a lot and did a little bit of work. Numbers? Numbers.
January 2012 Sales
Charlotte Powers: Power Down – 41
Charlotte Powers: Power Play – 22
Charlotte Powers: Hidden Power – 26
The Undying Apathy Of Imogen Shroud – 7
Miya Black, Pirate Princess I: Adventure Dawns – 3
Miya Black, Pirate Princess II: Freedom & Responsibility – 3
Miya Black, Pirate Princess III: Fractured Lives – 0
Resonance Book One: Birds Of Passage – 16
The Boy & Little Witch – 4
Total – 122
Additionally, 18 borrows across titles.
So! Down a little from December but that’s to be expected. To be honest I haven’t been so interested in sales lately, I’m not sure why. Getting them is great, of course, and I’m happy to get over a hundred in a month, but selling books just doesn’t seem as important as hearing from people who enjoyed them—am I getting jaded? I guess because my numbers are pretty low compared to a lot of other people, it’s hard to get really excited about them. I appreciate every single sale I get and still get a little boost whenever I see a number go up, but … I don’t know. I guess also I’m concentrating on things that I can control, like actually writing, and sales do tend to take a back seat when I’m in that kind of mood.
Anyway! Goals for January were … actually I didn’t have any. The end/start of a year is always a low time for me, everything catches up and I spend most days just resting, but I’m coming back into myself now. Still taking it easy but starting to build some steam, Miya Black IV is almost ready to shove out of the nest, just a couple more proofs and I’ll be happy to publish it, and I’ve started actually writing Bright Battle Story: Tactics Heart as my #60KinFeb challenge (my principle fear with that one is that it’s just going to be so absurdly long, I’m only a quarter way through my outline for the first episode and it’s like 6,000 words already, if every episode is 20k then it’s going to be like 400,000 words long, eek). Resonance Book Two is slowly coming together, I’m almost in a place where I can finish the first draft of that. Charlotte Powers 4 needs more time alone, but it’s mostly written and I just have to figure some stuff out and maybe have an inspiration or two … in any case that’s for next month.
Actually, that’s a good idea, let’s sort out some goals:
February 2012 Goals
1 – Write at least 60k of Tactics Heart. (Which would be the first three episodes? Yeep.)
2 – Get Resonance Book Two first-drafted for the love of biscuits.
3 – Miya Black IV proofed and released.
The space I’m in right now, regarding writing … I have to admit that I feel a little distant from the whole publishing side of things. I feel like this is the time before anything has really happened, if that makes sense. Just preamble, prologue, the best is yet to come sort of thing. I am looking forward to getting Tactics Heart out there, I feel that it’s a really strong story with some great characters and that if it can find its audience it’s going to make people happy. Episodic structure is really fun, too, I actually found it hard to go back to a more traditional novel style afterwards.
Aaaaanyway, January was a slow month, but it always is. Plus I was in Japan for most of it, now that I’m back home I’m getting more settled.
As ever, onwards and upwards!