How I Sold 813 Copies of My Novel In One Day

Kindle, je t’aime.

It’s simple, really.

I have no idea…

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.

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Thinking Thoughts:

It’s tough being a college graduate applying for a position that has absolutely nothing to do with his college degree.

I’ve spent the last couple of hours trying to come up with a creative Action Plan that will impress, despite being my first Action Plan ever. This is what I get for always being an under-achiever. I haven’t made a name for myself as a writer yet and thus I must establish myself in the real world by trying to move up the corporate ladder enough to support myself.

One step at a time.

Oh, college, how little you prepared me for this. If I was told that I would be doing nothing with my English B.A., then I would have dropped out years ago.

…negativity aside, I’m trying to be optimistic about this new job opportunity at work. I want to make the best of it and better myself no matter where I go or what I’m doing years from now. I’m not going to let a chance like management pass me up just because it’s not being a full-time writer (the dream job). I’m playing it smart and going for this Assistant Management position because it’s the best thing I’ve got going for me right now job-wise. (Teaching in South Florida has more expensive hoops to jump through than I thought. You’d think with all of the shitty teachers down here, it’d be easy to get a teaching position. Now I know some of the worst teachers I’ve ever had the misfortune of having really wanted that job they hate so much.)

Writing is a tough career to break into. The life of an artist is a pain in the ass. I know this now. I also know that story-telling is my calling in life because there’s nothing that gives me more satisfaction than working on a story and finishing it. Daylight Hours may not be perfect, but it’s me working towards a goal. In the past year, I’ve slacked a lot and lost a bit of the fire that fueled me to completing that novel. I feel that flame coming back now and I’m going to focus it creatively to become successful. Stress sucks everything out of you and I’m starting to stress less about what job I’m going to have now that I’ve graduated and I’m focusing more on the writing and just being in the present.

It’s nearly midnight and I have to open…Jesus. Ignore everything positive I just said. I just want to sleep for more than 5 hours.

Money Ain’t A Thang…Unless You’re Trying To Save It, In Which Case, It’s A Horrible Thang

Mo money, less problems…because I’m not an idiot and I’d just buy the solution to any and all problems that would ever arise. Duh.

What is wrong with this world? Why is it so hard to save any money? 2012 is eleven days gone and I had little savings to show for it.

I try to budget and take 30% of every paycheck out for spending while the rest goes to bills and savings. It was working out, but by the end of the year, I fluctuated from the 1,200 I had before December rolled around. I’ve abolished buying food from work. It’s ridiculous. I work at a grocery store and a huge percent of my paycheck goes into buying food needlessly throughout my shifts. It’s not my fault the damn sushi and subs are so expensive.

I was advised by my incredible financial advisors–my mother and sister–that I should put away money into a savings once a week for every 52 weeks in the year. They said start backwards from $52 dollars so that by Christmas I am only putting in $1 that last week. This way of savings means that I’ll have $1,300 tucked away into an account. It sounds like a good plan to me and hopefully it works out. I’m really lucky my financial advisors are so original. By original, I mean being able to read the Money section of the Sun Sentinel.

Sometimes I wish that I could spend money I don’t have and continue to keep spending because the government would keep raising my spending cap each year. God, I know that sort of thing would never happen, but isn’t it great to dream that you could end up being trillions of dollars in debt and not have to worry about it because your kids and grandkids will be the ones trying to pay it off because you’ll be dead?

Oh well. I know everyone is struggling to save these days. I’m open to any and all advice in investing for my future. Hopefully I do better this year. All I can say is that I won’t be buying a DeLorean under the pretense that I will be able to go back in time to become rich. Fool me twice.

How Caffeine Altered My Life, Preventing Me From Making A Terrible Mistake, Therefore Altering The Future Of All Mankind

When sleep and eating healthy just don’t cut it.

Long story short: a syringe-full of espresso made me want to write and edit rather than focusing on world domination.

I went out for a boy’s night out last night, drank, woke up at 6:30am to go to the gym with the girlfriend, and then came home, made breakfast, crashed until 11:30, and then finally decided it was time to re-start my day. I have now taken a double shot of espresso that has awakened my latent creativity. There’s no better way to accomplish things than with an addictive substance in your system.

I have a few updates for all of you Kris Grant fans out there. Daylight Hours will be available for FREE for the Kindle in a few short days. Expect me to be blowing up the internet with this invigorating news. I get 3 days to promote the book for free with Kindle Select and I’m going to scatter them out throughout the 90 days to be able to promote properly. I’m settling on an exact day soon, but it could be as early as this Friday (just 2 days from now because I’m a procrastinator).

Please spread the word to anyone you know who has a Kindle or uses the Kindle App on their phones, iPads, or any other technological device that allows you to read things without having to do that exhausting turning the page thing. Daylight Hours was my first big step in the direction of becoming an author, and I hope that once it’s up for free, it will reach a wider audience.

The sequel to Daylight Hours is also coming soon for the Kindle as well as in paperback. I’ve given it to a few test readers, and one of the readers really motivated me by finishing the book in record-breaking time. I’m forever thankful for everyone supporting me and helping me reach my dreams.