Wednesday, November 6, 2013

IWSG: In Loving Arms

It’s the first Wednesday of the month.

I’m gonna keep this relatively short and sweet today.  I learned a good lesson Monday.  You see, I went like five or six days straight without an ebook sale on Amazon, the one place where I can track my progress, or lack thereof.  I’ve learned over the last year not to get all bent out of shape when I get a bad review, and luckily, I haven’t had very many to react to.  But when my Amazon sales rank skyrockets, I get worried.  When it soared to the upper reaches of heaven on Monday, of all days, I downright panicked.

I reached out via Facebook, and many of my friends took my hand, offering support and a shoulder to lean on.  But I also encountered a few unexpected angels up there in heaven.  They rallied around me, told me how much they loved my book, how skilled they thought I was, but they went even a step farther.  They formed a street team, a group of loyal fans, friends, and followers who’ll spread their love of my book using various forms of social media.  Then they did, they spread.

And then today, I saw that my wicked streak had finally broken.  Now, I don’t know if they had anything to do with that shake-up, just like I don’t know what caused the slowdown in the first place, if it’s indicative of how things are going right now, which seems the case according to many of my author friends, or just an anomaly.  Either way, it doesn’t really matter.  What matters is, I had the loving arms of some amazing people to hold me together.

So that’s my message.  We authors are already a rather sensitive, insecure bunch, so if you’re putting yourself out there, make sure you surround yourself with folks who will catch you when you stumble, will bolster you up when your confidence sags, will nudge you when your afraid to go any further.  With a year already behind my launch, I’m usually the nudger to my lesser experienced friends, but I’m not too proud to acknowledge when I need help and to accept it when it’s offered.  Honestly, I’d never make it without that.  



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amen, Nancy!
Those dips can be scary. Mine are dipping this month after two really good months. It makes me question why I wrote them. Or if I should continue. With good friends though, we can get through anything.

MollyMom103 said...

Oh, this was wonderful. I always need those encouraging bits of advice to lean on the tribe... Happy IWSG day!

Melissa said...

Great post, Nancy. Best wishes for better sales.

Rhonda Albom said...

Best advice I have read today, as supportive and loving friends can really make a difference for anything. The on-line community is incredible.

Mel Chesley said...

Well, you have to view it from a marketing point of view. It's November and people aren't really thinking about reading right now. They're planning for the holidays. Then they'll be shopping and it's strange how many people really don't buy books. But people will be buying Nooks and Kindles. So perhaps it might be a better strategy to offer up some deals to people, like perhaps giving your ebook away right around Christmas so that if someone is getting a Kindle, they can try your book for free. Or better yet, maybe people will pre-load some books. So offer up a discount for a couple days with that strategy in mind. Good luck to you and glad you had lots of support!

Tammy Theriault said...

you are such a gem!!! i absolutely adore you and your writing. you're friends surround you with such unconditional support because gosh dang it you are worth it! seriously worth it! you have a charm and a driven state of mind that says i will succeed, through hell or high water. and man, you pull it off so sexy like. you had my heart at the beginning of our friendship. you are just as good a friend as anyone that helped you in that wonderful circle you created.

Michael Abayomi said...

Hello, Nancy. I'm also experiencing a sales tank. But mine started shortly after book one of my series reverted back to paid. I'm thinking it's time I get that sorted out.

You have such a loyal group of friends, and yeah, every author needs a shoulder to lean on in times of doubt. :)

JeffO said...

We all need some help and encouragement once in a while. I'm glad you're feeling better now, and that you got such great support. Best of luck with the Street Team!

P V Ariel said...

Hi Nancy,
Great thoughts here!
Even in spite of the busy schedule you find some time to pen down these notes. Wonderful : In Loving Arms!!!Indeed the thought itself is so soothing that we are in safe hands and there are people to help out, that is really great!
Keep Going

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

My sales have been pretty blah lately, too, but it's reassuring to know I'm in such good company. (Your book is terrific, and don't you ever forget it!)

Nancy Thompson said...

THANKS, everyone! <3

Trisha F said...

There's nothing like the power of wide-spread promo! This blogging community is amazing for that. :)