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A little confused

So now my novella has been out for a couple of weeks. I know I have a lot of fandom friends who'd showed interest and support, but at this juncture, I know of precisely one person who has read the finished version and let me know that she read it. That's my stepmom. I don't know if people are reading it and just don't want to tell me their thoughts, or they're interested but it's not on their list yet, or if people are supportive but not interested in reading it. According to my ticker on Dreamspinner, I'm up to 17 sales. Whether those are the ones directly via Dreamspinner or a total of all outlets, I'm honestly not sure. I should find out. Still— I guess I'm not used to so little feedback, or not in a long time. It's made me less motivated to finish up the sequel, even though I believe it's much stronger. Anyway, the confusion and feelings of disappointment will pass, I'm sure. It is what it is. I'm grateful that I've gone through this process from beginning to end and I've learned a lot.

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febobe
May. 15th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
*warm hugs*
thrihyrne
May. 16th, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! ♥
madam_minnie
May. 15th, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
Meant to post as a comment not a reply to a comment, sorry about that!

You will find that readers, while enthusiastic about purchasing new material when it's first available, often find little time to actually read what they've purchased immediately. This is especially true in digital publishing where most consumers purchase in bulk and therefore read in bulk. Novellas and shorter pieces are often read without review (much like shorter fanworks are often just "liked" versus commented upon). That's why publishing is the "hurry up and wait" model. We're often rushed to get the work out only to be expected to wait on measurable data.

A debut title takes a while to see results too. People first have to find you, then find a reason to purchase from you, then find the time read you, then find the time to review you. It's a slow process.

According to my ticker on Dreamspinner, I'm up to 17 sales. Whether those are the ones directly via Dreamspinner or a total of all outlets, I'm honestly not sure. I should find out.
It's just Dreamspinner. Your sales from 3rd-party resellers (Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iBooks) are usually not reported by those companies until the 90-day post-sale mark. You'll see those numbers in your first quarterly royalty statement.

Best way to get more sales? Publish more books. :D

Best of luck, hon!

Edited at 2015-05-15 08:15 pm (UTC)
thrihyrne
May. 16th, 2015 07:13 pm (UTC)
Best way to get more sales? Publish more books. :D

So true, Minnie, so true! Thank you so much for your insights. I just needed to work through my period of unknowing and also vocalizing some of my feelings to some people and now I'm feeling much better.
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thrihyrne
May. 16th, 2015 07:13 pm (UTC)
And now you've finished it! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your thoughts on it! That's a huge weight off of me, knowing that you found it compelling. :)
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vulgarweed
May. 16th, 2015 12:46 am (UTC)
I just bought it! I hope to read it over the weekend. *hugs*
thrihyrne
May. 16th, 2015 07:14 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! I'd love to hear your thoughts, positive, neutral, negative, all of them. :D
vulgarweed
May. 24th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
I've read it, and I really enjoyed it! I love the worldbuilding - it effectively suggests a very detailed world out there. And I loved Reggie - though I did get frustrated with him sometimes, because he was getting distracted, dammit! The romance was plausible and the sex was hot. If there's anything about it that frustrated me, it's the lack of answers to so many questions: Kelp's background is still a mystery, so is Fergus, so is the hatching and growth of Cyril, whether the accident was a legitimate accident or something set up by someone. But it's clear that you always planned to write a sequel or a series, so I'm sure this will all be remedied later.
thrihyrne
May. 24th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! I'm so glad to receive some detailed feedback- I recognize that there are many dangling things that are addressed in the sequel, and I'd not even thought about the accident with the lorry as having been premeditated by someone. Hmmmmm. ;) Kelp is definitely a mystery, and so much more about him is revealed in the sequel. And some with Fergus, though he remains the most enigmatic character thus far. I'm so glad that you thought the romance was plausible and the sex was hot. So very glad to hear this! Thank you so much for reading it and sharing your thoughts. ♥
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