Today while I was preparing my classroom for the first day of school tomorrow, one of my colleagues stopped by to distract me and asked how my book is selling. To tell the truth, I have no idea! The book started pre-selling on my website (seanjmccaw.com) on June 15th and was available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets on August 15th. During that time, I have never looked at the sales numbers. Not once. It is not that I am uninterested, but I am uninterested haha. Because purchases made through my website are sent personally by me, I have a little bit more of an idea. I also sign each of those personally so I have more of a connection to how it is selling by how many times I write a dedication and take it to the post office. What is being sold on other outlets is easy for me to find out, but there has not been a need for it…until now. The “Tax Man” would like to know what is going on. Now I have to report my revenue to my tax consultant, so I have to send monthly reports and will be forced to see how the book is selling.
The other thing that my colleague said threw me off slightly. He asked me how it feels to be a “published author.” I of course knew that I am now a published author, but to hear someone say it out of their mouth was weird. It had been such a dream of mine to write and publish a book that I never really processed the fact that I had done it. Many people have book ideas but do not follow through with writing and getting those ideas published. I can now say that I have done it. So what next? Do I sit back and enjoy being a “one-hitter quitter?”
If you know me, you already know the answer to that one. There is no way I can be satisfied with just writing one book. I got bit by the writer’s bug! Soon after I finished Same Name Different Game, I had an idea for the follow-up book. Then I began some months back and had an idea for a third book. When those next two books will be published is yet unknown, but I do know that I will learn from the experiences of the first book and enjoy the process. When I do publish the next book, I will be able to say that I have written and published “multiple” books. I look forward to that!
Thank you for taking the time to read my words!