Today (actually yesterday by the time you read this) I made my first sale! Actually my first two. My dear friends Crystal and Kelly both bought copies from Scribd! I made a whole $1.10! Hubby expressed his moral outrage that I don’t get more than 55% of my $1 since I did all the work. I then got to explain to him how I’m essentially using that other 45% to pay for the distribution center, and then explained the sad state of royalties in traditional publishing. He is edumacated now.
Anyway, I can’t tell you how excited I am to have made a sale. According to some, now that I’ve been paid for my work, I’m a professional. I don’t know about that, but this whole thing sure as heck makes it feel more real. It’s a step in the right direction. People paid ACTUAL MONEY to read my work! Granted, not a lot, and they’re my friends and they love me, but that’s not the point.
I think I’ll print and frame the email since I can’t actually frame my first dollar.
I spent a good hour staring at the various incarnations of my Amazon listing. It started off with a title and my name. Then came the picture. It’s not actually for SALE as of the time of this writing, but it’s THERE. On AMAZON! Update: The listing is now live. The Kindle edition can be purchased.
I’ve been compulsively checking Smashwords to see if I’ve been approved for the Premium Catalog distribution. Then Zoe took pity on me and told me it can take a couple of weeks. So maybe I’ll just check every few hours instead of every five minutes… 😀 Update, it HAS been approved fr the Premium Catalog distribution, but there’s no ship date yet, and the fine print says it can take a few weeks for it to actually SHOW UP in the various distributors’ listings. Sigh. Even indie publishing moves slower than I want!
We celebrated with a dinner of kick ass homemade nachos. Mmm, nachos.