That’s right folks. I’ve made my first 35 cents as a published author! (Still trying to figure out how to hang it on the wall like restaurants do with the first dollar they make.) So far, according to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), one copy of RoboGirl: Episode 1: Dance Robot has been sold! (It’s 99 cents, but Amazon keeps 64 cents for themselves. Stingy bastards.)
Now before you tell me not to go and spend it all in one place, let’s remember the reason why I’m doing all this. If you’ve been checking in on any of my previous posts, you know that I’ve repeatedly talked about the importance of creating for yourself and no one else. In fact, I spoke on this at a seminar recently and I’m planning on making the video available for everyone’s online viewing pleasure soon, by popular demand of my one fan who bought my ebook.
I recently share the Definition of a Hack in a video blog, but it’s worth repeating here for emphasis:
“A hack…is a writer who second-guesses his audience. When the hack sits down to work, he doesn’t ask himself what’s in his own heart. He asks what the market is looking for.”
– From War of Art by Steven Pressfield
When I sat down and wrote this story, I had an audience of one: myself. I wrote exactly what I wanted to read. I wrote what was in my own heart at the time. It’s strange how sometimes fiction allows us to share feelings which are most personal, feelings that we wouldn’t even share with people in conversation or an email. Through the abstract and the fictive, we create a conduit through which to channel our inner self.
So, hopefully this proves that I’m not some money-grubber out to get my hands on innocent internet bystanders’ hard-earned Benjamins. (If I am, I’m doing a terrible job at it.) Instead, I’m just your average Joe who decided he’s sick of not living out his passions and is going to chase down his dreams even if it kills him.
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
– Jack London
Of course, with any new endeavor, whether it be a startup business, a fashion trend, or even a fictional universe, it’s to be expected that it will take a deal of time before it starts gaining momentum. All I know is that either way, I’m making my audience of one happy. And that’s what counts.
…oh wait, it’s two now, with my unknown happy reader from Amazonland.
Thanks, reader! I promise more is on the way!