It’s Been One Year Since…I Published Nephilim

Nephilim Genesis of EvilExactly 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.
A Book Vacation, book reviews

About Renée Pawlish

Award-winning author Renée Pawlish writes the bestselling horror book, Nephilim Genesis of Evil, the Reed Ferguson mystery series, short stories and non-fiction ghost stories.
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24 Responses to It’s Been One Year Since…I Published Nephilim

  1. Susan A. says:

    Congratulations on your success! This just goes to show if you keep trying and working hard toward your goals, it will pay off. I hope this next year proves even more fruitful for you.

  2. Marina Sofia says:

    Thank you for a realistic description of just how much work it takes to achieve success. And well done for all the the things you have achieved in just one year! May the second year be even better!

  3. Ju Ephraime says:

    Bravo! Renee:

    Like you I can’t complain about the sales from my books, and like you, I’ve written several in the past year. I was loving Amazon until someone got it in for me and deleted all my reviews, accusing me of writing them myself or having friends and family do so for me. This has affected my sales, but I have moved on from Amazon, although they have not moved on from me. Someone on Amazon is still deliberately deleting my reviews to keep my count at a low number, but like I said, I’ve moved on.

    Bravo again, Renee.

    • Renée Pawlish says:

      Wow, that stinks – whoever would do that needs to rethink things (karma?). I wish you the best, and thanks for your comment and support!

  4. Renee,

    Congrats. We also put your book on our 100 Best Free Kindle Books List.

    Hope you sell many more books in the future.

    • Renée Pawlish says:

      Thank you Anthony, you have a been awesome. Peeps, if you haven’t check out Digital Book Today, please do – Anthony runs a phenomenal site and he is a champion of indie authors.

  5. Congratulations! You are inspiring in all the work you do, the success you’ve found and the things you’ve learned. I believe that inspiring other writers to get their books out there doesn’t create more competition, but creates more enthusiastic readers. It is a great community. Best wishes for continued success.

  6. Congratulations. I hope year two is even better and more lucrative for you.

  7. Congratulations Renee. See, hard work does pay off.

  8. H.M. Ward says:

    Congrats! Making a list really helps you see all you’ve done. I haven’t made a list. It still feels like I’m flying by the seat of my pants. I started about a year ago and now writing is my full time job. It’s awesome! Best of luck to you! I’m gonna go write me a list, too!

    • Renée Pawlish says:

      Thank you and good for you! Sounds like things are coming along for you and you can inspire us! Thanks for your comment.

  9. laura thomas says:

    Congratulations Renee. You are kicking butt and taking names. Keep up the fantastic writing. I am reading three of your books now!

    • Renée Pawlish says:

      Thank you for the comment and for reading my books :). I hope you enjoy them and I surely appreciate the support!

  10. Renee: Just downloaded my copy. There’s a couple of others on the reading list ahead of you, but looking forward to reading it. Your saga of e-publishing is inspiring. I am trying to get more active on accounts other than Facebook (although if all my FB friends bought Crow, I’d be happy for this year! :) I’m just so torn between writing and marketing, and writing usually wins out. And that’s a good thing – on the other hand … well, you know the story.

    • Renée Pawlish says:

      Thanks for you kind comments – I sometimes wonder if any of the posts make sense :). I understand the difficulties with writing vs. marketing – I need to get cracking on the writing side. And thanks for getting the book, I hope you enjoy it.

  11. Bert Carson says:

    Happy Birthday my friend – and I know you will have many, many, more and I intend to celebrate every book-birthday with you.

    • Renée Pawlish says:

      Bert! Nice to see you here :). Thanks for the birthday wishes (I hadn’t thought of it that way but it’s cool). And I will be celebrating your success too!

  12. Renee — I downloaded your book, read it, and left a review on Amazon. I read the book, not because it’s a genre I usually read, but because I really enjoy your blog. I figured your book had to be good since your blog is. And I was right; it was a good read. It’s not the last book by you that I will read!

    • Renée Pawlish says:

      I saw the review, many thanks! Your kind comments came on a day that I am feeling the pressure of everything it takes to “make it” with my writing and it’s a nice pick-me-up to hear such nice words. Thanks for the comment and support.

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