It’s that time again where I report my sales to those who are interested. Doesn’t the time go by quickly? It’s amazing that we’re already in August and only a week ago I read something about Christmas; in my opinion, it’s far too early to be thinking about that just yet… We have to get through summer first, then autumn, Halloween (or Samhain if you prefer), and Guy Fawkes Night. If you haven’t heard of the last one it’s otherwise known as Bonfire Night which is celebrated on the 5th November in some Commonwealth countries and, as I’m English, I will be celebrating along with everyone else… okay, you got me, the real reason I’m excited is because I like the family tradition of eating jacket potatoes with cheese on top, and hot dogs, and I love watching the firework displays. All of this to enjoy and celebrate before I can even think about Christmas, snowmen, or reindeers.
Anyway, I’ve strayed a little from the topic I wanted to talk about which is my sales for July. After some thought I think it will be easier if every month I just do one blog post about my stats and I will be including my free downloads (if I have any in that month) in with that. I feel that any more than one per month might become repetitive and boring but that’s something I’d like to avoid. Starting from today, every 2nd or 3rd of the month will be when I post my book stats. I have changed my June stats post because I had originally added in the first week of July and now that has been amended.
July Free Downloads
Now that I’ve gotten the stats out of the way I want to end this post with something that has me both excited and nervous in equal measure, but I will get to that in just a moment. In my last post I wrote a little bit about my dyslexia and how it affects me but one thing I didn’t touch on was that even though writing while having dyslexia is a struggle – sometimes it feels like a curse knowing the words I want to say but not being able to express myself so others will understand me clearly – there is a flip side. I believe having dyslexia was what made me want to be a writer as, odd it may sound, in a weird way the obstacles I’ve had to face has made me more determined to prove my critics wrong and has given me the strength to say “I can do this and nothing can stand in my way”. I also believe that, despite making reading and writing more difficult, on the positive side I am sometimes overwhelmed with ideas for new novels and storylines.
It’s because of a new idea of mine, and the concern I have that I might not be able to tell the story that I feel deserves to be told, that I now feel myself filled with trepidation (this would be the nervousness I mentioned previously). On the other hand though, I have to remind myself of all the people that have so far enjoyed and praised my first novel. It has really meant a lot to me to hear that others, without knowing of my dyslexia and just taking the book at face value as they would any other, have felt entertained and are hungry for a sequel. It makes all the hard work mean more than just a way to prove to myself, or those that didn’t believe in me, that I can do this.
And so, with those in mind that have pushed me forward, I think it is time to tell you all that I recently started work on a short story which is unrelated to “Forgotten”. That one story has since multiplied into three stories and this excites me as it’s completely different to anything I’ve ever written before, but out of ten the fear meter is quivering at a seven right about now! But I don’t want anyone to think I have stopped thinking about “Forgotten”. Just so you all know, I am still hard at work on the second book in the In The Shadows series and it’s coming along nicely. I can’t really share anything at the moment, but I hope those that are waiting patiently for the sequel will keep checking back at my website and blog for further details when I feel ready to discuss them.
Finally I just want to say that I love being a writer and sharing my worlds with readers who love the characters and settings of my book as much as I do. I hope that I can continue publishing novels that you will all enjoy for many years to come. I’m so grateful to each and every one of my supporters. Thank you.