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.