Feb 122012

What follows below is a variation of a post I made for some friends on a private site, but I also wanted to share it with the rest of the world… hell, I want to shout it from the rooftop!

Today is a milestone for me.

You see, 2010 was when I decided to get serious with my writing. 2011 was when I put my money where my mouth was. I finished Half Past Midnight, bought my own domain, found a fantastic editor, bought some recording equipment to make an audio version of the book, hired a publishing company… whatever I felt would help me in this new “business” I was starting. I spent a grand total of $2893 on various items and services for my business.  My “product” was Half Past Midnight, and it presented on Amazon on December 12, 2011.

Today is February 12, exactly two months later, and my sales on Amazon are $2880, only $13 away from my break-even point!  That’s less than ten books, and I figure I should hit that before the day is out.  So as the CEO of my own business, I am declaring today as my break-even day. Basically, from here on, the book is actually in the black!  It may seem silly, but I’ve been looking forward to this day for a while.  More importantly, I reached this point in two months, when I honestly figured I would be lucky if I hit it in six months or more.

So I want to take a minute to thank you all – every one of you who helped me with my research, or was a beta reader, or helped me learn about the business of writing, or bought my book.  All of you have done something to help me out in attaining this milestone, and I want you to know how much I appreciate it.

Thanks to you all.  I truly appreciate it.

  3 Responses to “February 12, 2012 – Break-even day”

  1. Congratulations

    I read the first few chapters of your book when you had it in the crypt of the DRS forum. It stood out to me as a book that could get published. When I saw that you were releasing it, I was excited to see how a skilled first time writer would fare in the open market. I’d say breaking even in two months is faring pretty well. It gives me faith that good work will at least usually be rewarded.

    I get the impression that your sales have ramped up and are still going strong. Is that true? A post on any specific sales figures would be very interesting.

    Again, congratulations.
    And good luck in the future.

  2. Hi Mike. I don’t think I’ve seen you post on DRS for a while. Hope all is well.

    Thanks for the kinds words. I started to write a full-blown reply to you here, but quickly found that to fully do your questions justice was simply going to take too much room for the comment section. So I think I’ll take your suggestion and write a separate post on the topic. Watch for it soon. :)

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