With my next non-fiction release ready to hit cyber shelves across all platforms in just a couple of weeks, I thought I’d let y’all in on why this book is sooo important to me and to each of our Indie Epublishing Journeys.
To all the people who repeatedly said:
“You’re f-in’ nuts, D.D.”
“You’ll never make it…Why don’t you just quit and get a real job?”
“That D.D. is bat shit crazy. She needs help.”
It’s because you pissed me off, screwed me over and kicked me each time I’d failed yet again that I got back up…every damn time…and finally made it big-time.
Thank you for always being there to say:
“You can’t do that…”
Because that’s what gave me the balls to respond:
“Oh yeah? Watch me!”
And to my Dad and my DH who are the only two who believe in me always and never stop encouraging me.
They truly “get” that I am just crazy enough to make it work.
The idea for this book began in December 2011, on my cell phone, during a big ‘ole bawling-like-a-baby session with my dad.
Why my dad?
‘Cause I’m a total Daddy’s Girl and proud of it.
Why the big ‘ole bawling session?
Because I’d just hit Amazon’s Top 100 Bestselling Books List – for the second time, hit Barnes & Noble’s Top 10 Bestselling Books List plus became their #1 Bestselling PubIt Book, and made Amazon’s Movers and Shakers List – also for the second time…all in the same week!
Actually…I achieved all of this within a 24-hour time span!
Okay…yes…that’s over the moon superfab, right?!
So, why the hell was I crying?!
Because my dad was crying too when he said:
“Congratulations, Pumpkin. You did it! And it only took you 10 Years and 24 Hours to Succeed.”
Yep…thus the big tears flowed for both of us to damn near
And the basis for this book was born.
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First, let’s put “success” into perspective as it certainly does mean different things to different people.
For me, it means reaching hundreds of thousands of readers with great books for great prices and keepin’ ‘em laughin’ out loud and comin’ back for every book I release.
How do I know if I’m successful by those standards?
The Answer: My Book Sales
Speaking of which…
Did y’all know that 95% of published authors sell less than 1000 books?!
And that statistic is an industry-wide estimate, meaning it doesn’t matter whether or not you’re Traditionally Published (by one of the Big Six Publishers – Harper Collins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Macmillan or Random House…and I’d lump-in St. Martin’s Press and Harlequin too) or if you’re, like me, and Indie Epublished.
Ninety-five percent of published authors only sell 1000 books.
I did NOT want to be one of those authors!
More on that later…but here’s a hint…most of those authors don’t get a shot at publishing Book Two, at least not if they’re only Traditionally Published.
And I wanted to publish more than one book. Hell, I want to keep on publishing books till I’m not of sound mind and/or health to do so.
And yes, I suppose I should remove the sound mind qualification because after pursuing my writing-for-publication goals for now almost thirteen years, I’m just shy of being a total lunatic.
So what does “success” look like for me…in book sales?
Less than two years since my debut release BOOTSCOOTIN’ BLAHNIKS hit cyber shelves the world over (August 2010), I’ve sold over 100,000 Ebooks. And that debut book, which is Free (much more on that later), has been downloaded, all on its own, over 150,000 times!
My books have appeared over 300 times on International Bestseller Lists (last time I added ‘em up), including:
*** Three times on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestselling Books List(the paid list and BOOTSCOOTIN’ BLAHNIKS hit the #1 Free Book on Amazon)
***Two times on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers List
***Barnes & Noble’s Top 100 Bestselling Books List
***Barnes & Noble’s Top 10 Bestselling Books List
***Barnes & Noble’s #1 PubIt Book
***Hundreds of Bestselling Lists within Genres (examples: dozens of times on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestselling Humor List between superfab funny ass peeps like Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, Shirley MacClaine and Jennifer McCarthy)
***Numerous appearances as both Amazon and B&N Hot New Releases in Humor and Mystery
***Dozens of appearances on Apple’s International Bestseller Lists for Romance and Mystery
I’m not sharing my “success” with you to brag. Not at all.
I’m sharing it with you to hopefully inspire you to continue on with your Indie Epublishing Journey regardless of where you’re at on that journey.
You see…here’s the thing…
My “overnight”/24-Hour success actually took me over 10 Years to achieve!
That’s right…10+ years!!!
Ten plus years of workin’ my ass off (okay…I wish weight loss worked that way…I’d totally be a “skinny bitch”…but anyhoo…). Ten plus years of writing more than fifteen novels. Ten plus years of learning everything I could about the publishing industry. Ten plus years of networking with industry peeps. And ten plus years of falling flat on my face and ass, crying over spilt almond milk, then picking myself up, only to fall again…and again…and again.
I got back up!
Every damn time!
And I still do!
Every damn day!
I’m also a huge believer in the adage “You create your own luck”.
In other words, if y’all want your stars to align, then first, you gotta toss ‘em up into the sky!
And no worries about that action plan…you’re not alone in your star-tossing adventures.
In fact, throughout this book, I’m going to help you find and/or create your own stars then together, we’ll toss ‘em up into your publishing journey sky.
I didn’t build my constellations of success by myself either. I had a lot of help along the way. So, I’m thrilled to be able to pay it forward to all of you.
Like we say here at The WG2E:
“Nothin’ beats writers helping writers reach readers!”
I know how to successfully reach readers and build quality, very-rewarding, long-term relationships with them. And in this book, I’ll share my secrets to doing just that.
So, that said, get comfy, open your mind and heart – cause it takes both of those too in this business to succeed – and let’s begin to build your very own Indie Epublishing Empire.
Oh, and the good news is that perhaps with my tips, it won’t take you…like it did me…
10 Years and 24 Hours to Indie Epublishing Success
The bad news, it might.
But who cares how long it takes?
If you follow my tips, tricks and tidbits, you’ll still have a damn good chance of getting there.
How are we going to get YOU there?
I’ve broken down the book into Six Parts:
Part One: The Twelve Mantras of The Indie Epub Journey
Part Two: You Can’t Do It That Way! Oh Yeah? Watch Me!
Part Three: The Dark Side of Indie Epublishing
Part Four: Readers Rule
Part Five: Predictions for The Future of Indie Epublishing and Publishing in General
Part Six: The Beginner’s To Do List and Extra Scoop
I just can’t wait to share my Indie Epublishing Success Story with u…
10 Years and 24 Hours!!!
The Best of Indie Epublishing and WG2E Wishes — D. D. Scott
P.S. It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: While I’m finishing up the final edits for this book, I thought I’d ask y’all to toss out in our comments section today anything you’d like for me to cover about my journey and that way, I can make sure I haven’t left anything out you’d like more scoop on…