Today, I 'd like to talk about my books. The first book I had published was in 2006, called Satin Sheets. I remember the day I got the acceptance. You could have scraped me off the ceiling. There's nothing like getting that acceptance. Sure, I'd had articles published in magazines before that, and don't get me wrong it was great t too, but my dream and goal was to have a novel accepted. I did it. I was there.
Satin Sheets sold 35,000 copies. I was a success. I made back my advance plus. Unfortunately, I never saw the royalties. I got several different stories as to why. I just know something was tied up in court and even though the court ruled for the publisher, trying to collect was another story. So, alas, I'm out quite a lot. But that's okay because Satin Sheets will be released as an eBook from MuseItUp Publishing, revised and with a new title, It's Only Make Believe, in August 2012.
It didn't take long to learn authors don't make much money. Getting published isn't about the money. If anyone thinks authors automatically get rich because they sold a book, they're dead wrong. Unless you write a best seller - and let's face it, how many of them do you really see out there, you're not going to get rich. Seriously, with the millions and millions of books available only a handful are best sellers.
It didn't take long to discover selling one book doesn't make you an instant success. It took four more years before I made my next sale. I signed my next contract in June of 2010 for Double the Trouble. This time for an eBook.
A lot of people ask when I'm going to write a real book, meaning a print copy. These are the die-hards who won't read an eBook for love nor money. Apparently they can't see the wave of the future. That's okay, Double the Trouble will be out in print probably next year. Hopefully, they'll buy it then. In the mean time, I'll bask in the glory at having another book published.
I'm just as excited about these books as I was Satin Sheets. Sure Satin Sheets was a hard copy that I held in my hand and there's nothing like the feel of a book with your name as author. It makes it easier to do book signings for one thing.
But eBooks are quickly taking over publishing market and I'm happy to say I'm part of it. Getting in on the ground floor so to speak. There's also a way for us to autograph eBooks now, so readers can have that autographed copy through a new media called Kindlegraph. My autographs are available from Kindlegraph at http://kindlegraph.com/authors/roseannedowell