The official launch of Solarversia is four days away. I’m excited and nervous in equal measure – I left my job in order to write the book (to ensure that it was finished in time for the launch of the Oculus Rift headset) and am absolutely skint right now, having burned through every last penny of my savings, and then some. Will the book go on to be a huge success having attracted a traditional publishing deal and interest from movie studio executives? Or, will it die a slow, painful death – like the vast majority of self-published books – and go onto sell a handful of copies every month?
The good news is that the book has hit the sweet spot for the target audience. It currently has a rating of 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads from 54 ratings and 34 reviews. Annoyingly, I have no way of knowing how that compares to other first-time, self-published books that are days away from launching. Overall I’m happy with what I’ve achieved, and can only hope that the Golden Grid marketing plan, and specifically the Amazon Reviewers Game, will lead to my hard work translating into actual sales.
If you’re reading this before the 31st August, there’s a good chance you’ve been following my progress and supporting me on Twitter, Facebook and via word-of-mouth. If that’s the case, I’d like to say a big thank you. I wouldn’t be where I am without you, and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. Look out for the launch email on Monday; it’ll contain instructions for the Reviewers Game, and lay out how things are going to work from here on in. Until then, a couple of interviews, in case you missed them the first time round. Also, I’m going to be interviewed on London Live on Tuesday at 9.30 am. I’m hoping to get hold of the clip so that I can post it on here. Stay tuned.
An interview with Ascribe, a company that helps people manage their digital creations:
An interview with Bill Padley on Talk Radio Eurpoe: