Random navel-gazing about self-publishing
"The Devil's Cub", the first novel I've self-published (I've also had books published by Real Publishing Houses), has been out for a little over 3 months.
1. People seem to like it. The feedback I get is very positive, which is great.
2. Very few people buy it, and they're mostly my friends :) I think I've sold around 30 copies (!), and probably know the names of more than half the buyers.
3. The next book is aaaalmost finished; I need to do some more editing before I put it out there. It's going to be good.
4. The greatest thing about it is when people tell me they like the book.
5. The second greatest thing is having the physical object (Lulu POD). I like physical books.
6. I have no idea how to do marketing.
7. I'm not putting a lot of energy into marketing, either; I prefer the work of writing etc to marketing. No idea how wise this is. At the end of the day, I think I'd rather have written three books that sell abysmally than one book that sells semi-acceptably.
8. ...as long as I feel good about the actual books. And I do, in general - although, you know, I sometimes think everything I do is worthless crap etc, which I guess is pretty common.
9. Surprisingly, I make less money from the book than from my games, I think. So if I want to get rich, I'd better put more games out for sale.
10. I still have no idea if what I'm writing is Literature or not. Sometimes it feels like pure adventure and fun, sometimes it feels like I'm saying stuff about the world.
11. I like writing.
(Obligatory link: http://matthijsholter.wordpress.com/chapters-from/