Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Self-publishing wake-up call No. 44,396

Me, while looking at my Amazon sales chart.

I get a wake-up call every time I put out a new book, and it’s the same this time with Eternity Began Tomorrow.

Sales after two weeks? Holding at ten.

But at least that gives me an opportunity to acknowledge ten wonderfully loyal and supportive people who repeatedly show their faith in my writing and are repeatedly willing to put up good money to get their hands on my books.

To those people: I truly appreciate your support and encouragement. Most of you have been there since the start of my indie road trip, and you know who you are. Better yet, I know who you are.

Thank you.

I hate to ask more of you, but I’d love to see some reviews on Amazon shortly so I can apply for promotions that require a certain number of reviews for acceptance—for the right to sell a book for 99 cents, that is, or to give it away.

Ironies galore in this bidness.

Indie publishing is a slow boat, so things could pick up as word-of-mouth spreads. But one fact I can’t dodge is that each of my books has sold fewer copies than the one before it, with poor old Fascination selling about one-tenth the number of Yesterday Road.

Obviously, I’m hoping for better things for EBT, but I definitely need some help spreading the word.

Reviews and recommendations. Mother’s milk for novelists.

You can get a copy of Eternity Began Tomorrow right now for $2.99 here.


[Photo by Vincent van Zalinge on Unsplash.]

14 comments on “Self-publishing wake-up call No. 44,396

  1. TamrahJo
    September 30, 2019

    I will leave a review as soon as I read it. But, do you offer editing services for book reviews?? 😂

  2. Luanne
    September 30, 2019

    OK, you’re at 11 now. I couldn’t take it any more. I’ve heard your sad laments for several days now (being a poet I particularly sympathize hahaha), and I was holding out until I got more book money, plus I JUST got a library card. But $2.99. What a steal!!!!!

    • Kevin Brennan
      September 30, 2019

      Ha! If my sad laments did the trick, my wife would have bought 50 copies by now! 😉

      But THANKS!

      • Luanne
        October 1, 2019


    • TamrahJo
      October 1, 2019

      @Luanne – I had to wait, too, until funds appeared for such things – (apparently we, too, are starving artists) – BUT, Way to go on the Library Card!!! Between that and indie authors, the world is our oyster, eh? :). Signed – spent a few years being a librarian – – 🙂

      • Luanne
        October 1, 2019

        I am loving my card for online ordering of e-books!

      • TamrahJo
        October 1, 2019

        Yuppers! So many in the ‘wider world’ think libraries are ‘irrelevant’ or no longer needed in the digital age, etc., but I know, for a fact Jack – that’s not so – and the things libraries provide now, are so much more than just ‘books’ – :). Good Libraries are, IMHO, still, just as important and fundamental to a free society now, as they were in the oppressive times of Ben Franklin’s pre-Revolution days – We also have and ADHERE to stricter privacy practices than so many around the world, these days – no one had to pass GDPR for us to know what was right – that stuff was hard coded right into our original mission & values core, long, long ago – cuz afterall, no one wants the Redcoats, Tories or Loyalists to know you are gathering at library to figure out how to build a storage shed…..LOL

      • Luanne
        October 5, 2019

        I love this!!! Thank you so much for your information and viewpoint! I agree with you!!!

      • TamrahJo
        October 5, 2019

        I started to reply, and then realized, it was really my own post (and it’s not nice to blog on other people’s comment feeds, I hear tell, though I *ahem* sometimes forget and do – anyhoo – The following link was inspired by our conversation – and reminded me of 2 of my favorite things at the library – Banned book week and the Library Bill of Rights – :). https://ballybin.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/if-you-missed-banned-books-week/

  3. Marie A Bailey
    October 1, 2019

    That’s what bites about self-publishing. You have to wait for the book reviews because so many of us have a long list of books we’re already reading 😦 (I’m way overdue on reviewing a book that I was given FOR FREE and, no, I have not finished the book. My bad.) It makes me wonder if it isn’t worth having a couple of people get advanced copies that they can review ahead of the release but then Amazon I hear is very particular about people who post reviews of books they have not bought from Amazon so you wind up in this “damned if you, damned if you don’t” particular place in Hell.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 1, 2019

      I did the advance-copy thing earlier in my indie career and figured out it had no effect on anything. Only when promo outfits like EReader News Today started requiring “some” reviews did I realize this is a whacko Catch-22. Early Amazon reviews that aren’t “verified purchaser” seem not to count, but without them you don’t have enough reviews!

      • Marie A Bailey
        October 1, 2019

        It’s really a racket for self-publishing 🙁

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