Monday, 16 September 2013

My Publishing Journey by Sarah Martinez

I read a lot as a kid. I wrote a lot as a kid, but it sucked and I didn’t really care. My journey has been a progression of fits and starts where I got more and more serious, backed off, went back to my daily life, then returned to the words and dream, then got back out again. I fantasized about one day writing the books that I liked to read, but I always had reasons why I couldn’t do it seriously.

In 2007, as part of National Novel Writing Month I completed a draft of my first novel. It was so long (90,000 words, their minimum for completion was 50,000) and so bad (the first hundred pages contained only two real scenes) but I was ecstatic. I had finished something!

I continued to haunt a few local writing groups, and I always participated in National Novel Writing Month, but I wasn’t writing daily or looking into publishing options. In 2009 my sense of urgency changed by watching someone else achieve what I kept thinking I was not capable of. Nothing all that spectacular happened, I believe I just got tired of living in the dreamland of being a writer and had to just start doing it.

In September of 2009 a casual acquaintance who had been pregnant at the same time I was released her memoir and came to talk to my book group about it. At the time that she finished the book, she was nursing a newborn and told stories about how she finished by typing with one hand. I loved her enthusiasm, and envied her ability to plow through and finish in the wake of the same excuses I was using.

I attended my first writing conference in San Francisco in February of 2010 and that was where I felt like I found my place. I began interning with a local literary agent, hired a couple of professional editors, took classes and made improving myself as a writer and learning about the publishing industry my main pursuit.

I met Catherine Sears, the co-founder of Booktrope at the Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference in 2011. Her interest in the book was an enormous validation and after talking to her about what Booktrope was doing I was no longer interested in pitching traditional publishers. I knew my book had found a home with people who cared about what I had to say, they believed that there was a market for my particular brand of weirdness and they were willing to put their funding and expertise behind that belief. I have a video of her telling this story as part of my book launch posted on my website at mywildskies.com.

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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
Smashwords -

3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

Blog-A-Licius - Sherbet Blossom

SherbetBlossom

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Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife

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My Soul Slippers

Blog-A-Licous - Textbook Mommy

Blog-A-Licious - Blue Frogs Legs

Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

Blog-A-Licious - tbaoo

tbaoo

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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

Rediscovering Domesticity

Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

Blog-A-Licious - Cori's Big Mouth

Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun

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Blog-A-Licious - Busy Wife

Blog-A-Licious - Steps To Happiness

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Blog-A-Licious - Toby & Max


Blog-A-Licious - Amelie

Raising Amelie

Blog-A-Licious - Peas In A Pod

Blog-A-Licious - Riley

Blognostics - Poetry

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My Awards - September 2010

My Awards - September 2010
Awarded By Jo Frances

My Awards - May 2011

My Awards - May 2011
Awarded By Alejandro Guzman

My Awards - May 2011

My Awards - May 2011
Awarded by Kriti Mukherjee

My Awards - April 2011

My Awards - April 2011
Awarded By Roy Durham

My Awards - June 2011

My Awards - June 2011
Awarded By Sulekha Rawat

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