A Deal with the Universe
Near the beginning of last month I logged into my KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) account to check on my sales numbers. Despite my complete lack of PR after my initial announcement, the book continues to sell in small quantities. Small as in anywhere between 3-5 copies a month. It doesn't sound like much, but every little sale makes my day and sends me scrambling to look for new reviews.
So, anyhow, I logged in and found that the month of August was doing extremely well with six sales. Considering how the previous months had gone, I felt confident enough to make a deal with myself. Or the universe. I'm not sure which.
If I get seven sales before month end, I'll start writing the next book in the series.
The universe called my bluff. I sold ten.
I'm not feeling book #2. I'm not satisfied with what I've managed to come up with so far. The whole thing feels off.
But I had made a deal.
So yesterday I sat down and wrote the opening. It's terrible and likely won't survive revision. The only thing it really has going for it so far is that it's a start. I've got words on a page.