From time to time, I'd like to show you how my book is doing now that it's been released. The whole purpose of this blog is to show you what a typical first time writer goes through. It's been 10 days since my first book was published. In that time frame, I've sold exactly 18 books. I've given away a few as well.
Is that what I expected? Pretty much. I think that the one thing a new author needs is exposure. If the book is good enough, it will sell - as long as people know about it. I currently sit at number 426, 668 on Amazon for all Kindle Books. I'm just a little bit away from best seller status. That's ok. The beauty of ebooks is that they are timeless. There's no limit on how long it can be on a "shelf". Perhaps it takes a year for it to take off. Maybe once books two and three are done, readership will explode. I think my book is good. So far the reviews have been very good. Time will tell the rest.
But in the meantime, I will look for ways to promote it. I'll find ways to get the word out somehow. And all the while, I will not give up. Even if Vacant Hearts ends up not being "successful" I'll continue to write what I love to write. I've got ideas for many stories. Writing is my passion, not my job.
Would I love to have a best seller? Sure. Once you do, it makes selling your other books very easy. But it won't define me. I will continue to write if no one buys my books at all. So write what you love, and don't worry about the rest.
Good luck and happy writing.