I made the mistake of releasing my first book just for the fuck of it, to see what would happen. I mean, I’ve read plenty of really shitty books that have done well in the marketplace. So, I figured how bad can it be?
Well, let me tell you – it can be bad. I mean a few people bought it, and possibly even read it. It got a tiny bit of traction on KU. I think I made $16 over 3 months. But, I only got three reviews. My sister-in-law, my critique partner, and my friend Wayne.
I know the book isn’t my best work. At least not compared to what I am capable of now. But it’s a complete book and I wrote it and I’m proud of it.
I’m getting ready to release my second book. Which happens to be the first in a new series. It’s good. And I’m excited to get it out there. But I fear that my friends are judging me by book one. And now they won’t want to read book two.
Which begs the question, do I acknowledge the vast differences betwen the two books? Do I let book one rest on it’s laurels? Maybe I re-write it? Do I ignore it and hope it goes away?
They say that you never like your first book. So, I’ll go with that. And then maybe I’ll beg everyone I know to give book two a try.
That works, right? Begging? If not, bribery is always an option.