Exactly a year ago, on May 29th, I republished my horror book Nephilim Genesis of Evil. Originally, Nephilim had been published in 2007 as a trade paperback. I sold over 500 copies. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but consider this: 500 books is the average print run for most mainstream published authors, and most don’t actually sell that many copies. I felt pretty good about my sales.
And Then Came Kindle
I had been hearing about Amazon and ebook publishing, and I decided that since I’d had decent success with Nephilim (and a lot of agents who said we like your writing, but we don’t think we can sell it), maybe it was time to try publishing an ebook. One of my regrets (and I kick myself over this) is that I didn’t make Nephilim an ebook sooner. But alas…
So On May 29, 2011…
I released Nephilim as an ebook. And it barely sold any copies…but then I started marketing and here we are a year later. This is what I’ve accomplished (so far):
- Nephilim Genesis of Evil was on the horror bestseller lists in December
- I published three books and a short story in the Reed Ferguson mystery series
- I published The Emerald Quest, the first in the Noah Winter adventure series
- I published Take Five, a collection of short stories that I wrote years ago
- I published the ebook of my non-fiction book The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within (I had published the paperback in 2010)
- I also published most of my books in paperback format
- I started a blog, which now has over 100 posts and followers
- I created a Twitter account and I now have almost 8,000 followers
- I created a Facebook fan page that now has over 1400 likes
- I’m active on Goodreads, Google+, Pinterest, Triberr, and more
- and the biggest thing for me, I’m making over $500 a month with my writing
Whew! Not bad for a year’s work (and almost 20 years of writing). Do I wish my books would sell thousands a day? Of course, but I’m pleased with what I’ve accomplished up to this point. I’m proud of my writing and my books and even if this is as far as I go, I feel good about what I’ve done.
I’m sure some of you have had greater success and I say good for you, bravo! I’m all about all of us succeeding :). For those of you who aren’t where I’m at (and you want to be), stick with it. Hard work (and good/great writing) does pay off.
It’s been a whirlwind ride so far, and it’s been fun! I thank all of you who have been with me along this journey. I appreciate you reading this blog and commenting. I thank you for buying, reading and reviewing my books.
In honor of this auspicious occasion, Nephilim Genesis of Evil is FREE on May 29th and 30th. Download your copy and see why readers say:
This book is clearly written by a pro. The author weaves her tale through a palatable setting (tourist hot spot/old-time mining town). The scenes are colored with rich description, depth of character and a cast that is reminiscent of Henry Fonda’s On Golden Pond. However, there is an evil in this story that FINALLY brings the Nephilim to life and uncover’s the dark secrets that scripture has kept hidden for millennium. If you enjoy reading supernatural fiction that meshes our distant past and the present, you will enjoy this most excellent book.
Bravo, Renee! Nephilim Genesis of Evil is an excellent read. 5~Stars!
Jeff Bennington, Founder of the Kindle Book Review
This was an amazing book…I could hardly put it down.
Sue Owen, author
Pawlish has created a wonderful story that will pull readers in from the very beginning. The mystery and suspense of the novel kept me on edge as I read and I highly suggest those interested in fallen angels read this novel.
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