Well, as the fates would have it, I failed my interview on Wednesday.
This is what I get for attempting anything. Failure.
To be honest, it’s a relief that the interview process is over. Was this job the focal point of my life? No. Am I depressed? Not really. I did try to get the position at work, but I didn’t give it 100% and I know that I could have prepared more. I learned a lesson, Fate. It’s been a while since I’ve actually tried to accomplish something outside of writing and even though I didn’t become an Assistant Manager, I do get to breathe again and focus on what I’m really passionate about: writing. I only wish that I wasn’t so nervous so that I don’t feel like I disappointed some of the co-workers that I’ve mentored and trained. My cool, calm, charming demeanor was crushed under the tidal wave of nerves. I should’ve taken that shot of whiskey before.
I’m going to improve my attitude at work and try a little harder to accomplish goals that will only benefit me in the long run. Maybe I’ll go for the position again in another department and keep moving up. Assistant Manager can’t hurt your resumé. I need a decent job to pay the bills and support myself while I write until the day that I’m a successful, published author. I’ll find one eventually and in the mean time, I’m better off than most at my current position and I need to RELAX.
Everything happens for a reason. This is the lesson that I’m constantly learning.
Teaching, management…I need to stop focusing about getting a paycheck and focus on my writing and creativity. Selling so many copies of my book last week really opened my eyes and motivated me. Now that the interview is over and I know I didn’t get the position, I’ll grow at work and continue to pursue my vision of becoming a published author.
I sold the Kindle version of my novel, Daylight Hours for free yesterday and sold 813 free copies. Eight hundred and thirteen…Jesus. All I can say is that I’m incredibly grateful for even one person buying my novel. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning waking up and looking at the sales reports. It was a gift that I hardly believe and I owe it to everyone who supported me.
Daylight Hours was #1 in Top Free Kindle books at one point and #2 for Kindle Fantasy-Paranormal genre. I didn’t hold the place long, but it stayed #11 and #13 for a while after that. This is beyond me. I promoted the book for my birthday for one day only and I was expecting to sell fifty, maybe one hundred at the most. I could have never hoped for what happened. I can’t wait to see reviews start popping up. Good or bad, I take criticism well and feedback only makes me a stronger writer. I can’t put into words how excited I am right now and how seeing those sales has invigorated my writing spirit.
I’ve got two more free promotions to use up and I’ll make sure the world knows when.
Thank you again everyone, especially all my friends and family who wished me a happy birthday and bought my book.
Now, if I can get half of those people who bought the book to review it, I might be able to get The Kris Grant Series picked up by a publishing house.
It’s finally here! The 17th. The quintessential day of the year. I’m twenty-four, although I look 28 and I act like I’m thirteen.
Today is my one day sale and Daylight Hours is FREE. I hope that everyone and anyone goes out and downloads my first novel. It’s as easy as clicking a button.
If you’re a fan of vampires or paranormal thrillers, then read my novel. It’s a blend of wit, action, and mystery. It’s also the first book in The Kris Grant Series, with the second one coming out soon.
Once again, it’s my birthday wish from people from all over the world to take a chance on my novel and review it. I want to grow and strive as an author and I’m grateful for the…holy shit…I just looked up the number of downloads I’ve gotten from this free promotion and I’m at…
And it’s only ten in the morning! (I apologize for all of the exclamation marks in this post)
I honestly can’t express how amazed and stunned I am at seeing that. I’m sure that anyone else reading this who’s put up a book on Kindle is thinking, “That’s nothing.” and maybe it is, but screw those people because knowing that 115 people have downloaded my book has honestly just made my day.
Thank you everyone and keep them coming. Please, spread the news. Grant one high-functioning autistic child’s wishes of one day becoming a successful author by checking out his first novel and reviewing it. And thank you again for the 115 people who’ve downloaded Daylight Hours today so far because you’ve given me the best surprise birthday gift I could hope to get.
Yeah, I don’t know about you people, but there’s only 2 days left until Daylight Hours is FREE on Kindle! Free!
This is pretty great news considering I finally have the chance to just give the book away to people. Spread the word, everyone. The first novel in The Kris Grant Series is on its way to rising up the ranks. I’m determined to make it a best-seller this year with these free promotions and Kindle exclusivity.
I still have chapters of the book posted on this site as well, so check it out in advance.
Just remember, there’s nothing wrong with supporting an indie author and downloading a free eBook with the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger. I mean, I’m kind of counting on it. So save the date. January 17, 2013: Free Kindle Book Day! For my book at least.