It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times

Well, it’s the last day of January. All I can say to that is THANK THE LORD. Because, I don’t know about you, but 2012 so far has kicked my ass, worse than it’s ever been kicked before. And I’m 30…there’s been a lot of ass-kicking in my life (and I have a rather large ass).

This month has been especially trying. Losing my job, plus other financial difficulties have led to me being overcome by worry and strife. I haven’t even been able to write, all I can think about is trying to keep the roof I have over my head. My days have turned into long cover letter writing sessions, applying for every job I can think of. But it’s not easy – as most of the unemployed world knows. My overqualifications mean that I’m turned away by simple jobs like being a cashier. I’m simply not good enough for anyone.

I’ve been hit by family problems as well as other nasty issues that chip away at your heart and leave you reeling. Through all of this trauma and trouble though, I have learned a few things about myself. I learned I have hidden resolves of strength and determination I never knew I had. I learned it’s OK to lean on your friends and loved ones and to ask for help and support. As one friend pointed out, most people really do want to help you. I’ve also learned that I am a person worth respect. Everyone has self-worth and I’ve learned it’s OK to stand up for yourself and say “you know what, I’m worth it” (sounds like a L’Oreal ad).

All of that said though, this month has been excellent in one major way: my books.

Thanks to my tireless investment in self-promotion, marketing and PR, I’ve sold more in January than I have…well, ever.

These are my sales of the books last month (Dec)

these are the sales this month (Jan)

As you can see, I’m finally bringing in some money for my efforts – but it’s an ongoing game. It doesn’t mean the sales will continue. It doesn’t mean I’m making all that much (Darkhouse costs buyers 99 cents – I only get 30 cents out of it – plus 2454 of those 3424 books were free downloads). And the payment is extremely sporadic. But it’s a great relief to know that nine months of constant tweeting, facebooking, blogging, networking, writing, yapping, annoying people, whatever…it’s finally starting to get somewhere. And people everywhere are loving the Experiment in Terror Series. I think that’s the best part of all… I get to share something I created, something I love, with other people.

Speaking of, one of the most exciting times this month, was watching all four books reach the Amazon Best Sellers list…at once!

And this was the highest ranking for Darkhouse:

I know this is peanuts compared to the really successful authors, but I’m taking a moment to pat myself on the back. The work is not over, but I am grateful and thankful for this milestone in my life.

In other news, the blurb (for now) and publication for Experiment in Terror, Book #5 is out now, check it out at Good Reads here and please add it to your books: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13442031-on-demon-wings

Thank you!

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