Milestones along the Writer’s Road

Hello, my wonderful friends. I’ve missed you the past couple of weeks. The exciting Horror Cage Match, Rich Evans’s fabulous interview, and my Book Blurb Contest, displaced my usual weekly posts to you.

This week, I’d like to take the opportunity to give you a few updates about my action-packed journey as a debut author. I woke this Sunday morning to find “In Memory of Greed” sitting at Amazon’s #1 ranking by readers in the political fiction category. Guess what…I owe it all to you, dear friends. It just shows the importance of leaving reviews for fellow authors after reading their works. I’m both humbled, and endlessly appreciative of this milestone. You did this. And I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

I realize how much an author’s success hinges on the support of those who are kind enough to take a chance on new books. My novel would still be lost in a virtual sea of stories, were it not for all of you. As a result of this gradual, yet consistent, appreciation of “In Memory of Greed,” I have decided to use my production arm, Query Publishing, to do a run of paperback, and hardcover books. Many people have expressed a desire to own a tangible copy of my novel. Also, the local Barnes and Noble in my community has offered to hold a book-signing event in their store. It’s an amazing dream-come-true to being living this reality.

In light of my decision to publish hard copies of my work, I am in the process of having my wonderful friend, Steve Umstead, run another edit of my work, to insure the fine-tuning of the pages before going to press. I find his offer to do so both humbling and uplifting. He is among the finest of friends I have made while on this exciting writer’s road.

Thank you, dear friend. (Check out his wonderful scifi novel, Gabriel’s Redemption  http://tiny.cc/22o0s )

In addition, going to press makes my Book Blurb Contest more important than ever. If you can put aside a block of time to do so, I strongly urge you to take part in this competition. See details here: https://alboudreau.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/book-blurb-contest/  The winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Thorough editing and writing a great book description are two of the most difficult and critical aspects of writing/marketing your work. My advice—take the time to do them both right, and don’t try to do them alone. It’s nearly impossible to do either effectively without the assistance of others.

Please believe me when I tell you…the rise of my novel seems to have taken place incredibly slowly. Therefore, do not get discouraged by slow days, less than perfect reviews, or self-doubt. These things happen to all of us, and are perfectly normal. Simply visualize your goals then go after them with passion. Don’t take no for an answer—especially from your self.

I’ve had the joy of getting to know all of you pretty well, and you are a wildly talented bunch. I believe in you, and will continue to do my best to support you all personally, as well as support your fantastic works. Keep plugging away, and success will be yours.

Lastly, I want to thank you all for helping me reach my personal goal of $1,000 in sales profits to send to Japan. I will make a final decision this week on which organization to send your money to, based on your recommendations.

At the risk of redundancy, thank you all again for your warm friendship, support, and love. I know for a fact, none of this would have been possible without all of you behind me. You are truly an amazing bunch. Know that I cherish each and every one of you.

Oh, and don’t forget to utilize #BookLook on Twitter to help promote your books, and come visit me, and my excellent friends, in #pubwrite, if you haven’t already done so. Make it a great week, and don’t forget to say hello in the comments section of this post. You know I love that sort of thing.

All the best,  AB

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45 Responses to Milestones along the Writer’s Road

  1. Aww- congrats! That is so awesome. And very well-deserved! Keep up the great work- you’re clearly doing something right. Your book is on my TBR pile- I can’t wait to read it.

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Courtney…you’re always so supportive. It’s almost doesn’t feel like enough just to say thank you to you, and all of our other friends who have been ultra-supportive. My success truly belongs to all of you. I’m completely grateful, and humbled by your grace.

  2. Monica McRann says:

    Al, this news it so incredible, and like you had mentioned in the sea of stories, it is an accomplishment. I also think that actually going to print is a tremendous idea, that will bring in a whole new wave of readers.

    You know Al, you thank us, but in truth we should thank you for being an example to every one, as a truly altruistic individual. You have worked tirelessly, so sit back for a moment and enjoy this milestone, one of many to come. ;~)
    PS: Japan will thank you too!

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Thank you so much, Monica. You are another friend who is always there to offer your support, and kindness, not just to me, but all whom are fortunate enough to call you a friend. I truly cherish your friendship, my Dear.

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Thank you, my excellent friend. You are one of the authors I always look to for inspiration. You’ve set such a fine example for me, and other writers who are just starting out. Way to go, Jason. #bigfan

  3. Congrats Al! That is fantastic!! Wish you the best of luck with the paper edition & your book signing!

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Much appreciated, Michael. Your support of your fellow indies is marvelous, and so important. I really respect your way of doing things, and see greatness in your future as an author. Cheers, my friend.

  4. Ann Mauren says:

    There’s a special thrill in being connected to a successful person–especially when the connection has always been so positive and upbuilding.

    I’m thrilled for your book, for your career as a writer, and for you as a person, Al. And I’m thrilled for me. According to ‘FollowFriday.com’, there are 12,732,032 people on Twitter this week. So being friends with @threecifer, sharing tweets, laughs, encouragement, and help with my work as writer is very much like winning the lottery–a kind of Social Media Jackpot. I feel fortunate to know you and I’m very proud to watch your career take flight! You are most definitely cleared for lift off!

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Are you trying to get me all teary-eyed, or what? LOL You and I have been fab friends almost from day one of this journey, and I feel blessed to know you, and to know you think of me in that light. I’m both honored, and humbled, dear friend. xo

  5. Shana Hammaker says:

    Way to go Al!
    It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. I can say in all honesty that you have been a wonderful mentor to me in my own self-publishing journey!

  6. Sunny says:

    Congratulations, Al! I’ve read nothing but praises about your book. Your friends may have put you in the number #1 spot, but you got there also by being who you are. Its nice to see good things happen to good people. Whoot! : )

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Thank you so much, Sunny. That is really kind of you. I’ve learned so much from everyone in our fabulous online writing community. Writers are some of the most generous people in the world. I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of it.

  7. Congratulations on the Amazon ranking, Al! That’s awesome! Your personal story of a writer’s journey is both inspiring and encouraging. I’m glad to hear that you plan on publishing your book in hard copy format. I look forward to proudly placing it on my bookshelf.
    Take care and God bless you, my friend!

    – Rob

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Thanks very much, Rob. I really appreciate your kind words, and though I’m still learning, I’m truly honored that my shared experiences have helped you. It’s a pleasure to know you, Sir.

  8. eden baylee says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, Al…truly.
    Congratulations on your success. You deserve it and so much more.

    Big hugs,
    Eden

    • Al Boudreau says:

      You are always just the sweetest friend, filling me up with your positivity, and support. I’m truly blessed to have such fine friends on my side. Thank you so much, Eden.

  9. AJ Powers says:

    So happy for you, Al! I am glad to see such a talented and inspired author get the recognition deserved for the hard work. I look forward to finishing up IMoG very soon and leave a review!

    • Al Boudreau says:

      AJ…You are a class act, my friend. Thank you, not only for supporting me and my work, but for all the tremendous support and encouragement you offer to many others in our online community. It’s people like you who make me proud to be an Indie author.

  10. Susi Borath says:

    Wow, Al, that’s awesome! Congrats!
    I know a few people who would love your book but don’t have access to an e-reader and dislike reading on the computer. Keep me up to date, and I will definitely let them know once it is out. 🙂

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Oh, how cool Savvy. That’s wonderful, and I will definitely let you know. As always, thank you so much for your visit. It always makes me smile when I see that you’ve been here.

  11. theaatkinson says:

    You are an inspiration to me in many ways, Al. I’m glad to hear of each of your successes. THis is a wonderful milestone and richly deserved

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Aww…thank you so much, Thea. You humble me with your sweet words, my Dear. Your support, and friendship, have been a constant since day one of my journey as a writer. It warms my heart to know how you feel.

  12. Al. You dear, sweet man. What a wonderful post.
    First & foremost, congrats on hitting #1! What an incredible feeling that must be. Affirmation is nice, but the fact is if your writing didn’t warrant it, the book wouldn’t be doing so well. YOU did that.
    Your tireless efforts to promote indie authors hasn’t gone unnoticed by anyone. So yes, your friend support you – because you support them. Kindness begets kindness. You reap what you sow. Your positivity is the energy that keeps this cycle of goodness in forward motion.
    As one of your many new friends, I just wanted to say congrats again & wish you continued success. It’s really nice to see the good guys win. You deserve it.🙂

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Jen…I just read your comments right before heading off to my day job. Let me tell you, it’s much easier to go take on the workaday world after drinking in your wonderful thoughts. I’m humbled by all you’ve said, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  13. Congrats, you! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.🙂

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Thank you Stephanie. It’s been a while since I’ve seen you online. Such a nice surprise to have you visit, and I truly appreciate your kind words.

  14. Shay Fabro says:

    Congrats!!!!!!! SUPER excited for you😀

  15. Brian Meeks says:

    This was both an inspirational post, but it also has motivated me to put some spit and polish on my blog.

    I would be curious to know, since I haven’t been following your journey. You mentioned it being a ‘slow’ rise. How long has it been available on Kindle? Is it available on Nook, and ibook too?

    Was there a ‘Tipping Point’ in the sales growth?

    If you don’t like to talk about such things, that is okay too. Congrats on your success.

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Welcome, Brian. I’m here to help, so I’m happy to answer your questions. IMoG went live on Jan. 27th, available only through Amazon & B & N. There has been no tipping point—rather, a very consistent sales rate. I believe this is due to my word-of-mouth marketing approach. I’m not a big fan of bombarding people with the “buy my book” assault. I much prefer a reader to discover my work through the kind words of those who have enjoyed the book. Thank you very much for reading, and commenting, my friend.

  16. last_lines says:

    That is wonderful news Al! Congratulations & Felicitations!
    Good Luck to on the book signing.
    You are well on the way to success!🙂
    -Kim

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Thank you so much Kim. And I would like to congratulate you on your decision to “pull the trigger” and write full-time. What an exciting move. I’m thrilled for you, and wish you all the luck in the world.

      ( Readers…please visit Kim Koning’s new blog, “Adventures in Full Time Writing.” http://kimkoning.wordpress.com )

  17. L.M. Stull says:

    OOh Congratulations on EVERYTHING, Al! I just cannot think of anyone more deserving of such success. Sign me up for at least 100 copies of your paperback and hardback books, signed of course🙂 Thank YOU for your constant support of each and every one of your friends. It is truly an honor to know and call you friend.

    ~Lisa

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Lisa…your guidance, and the example you’ve set for me, and the Indie community is amazing. I can’t even begin to express how much your friendship means to me. Now when is that novel of YOURS coming out? I am dying to read Memoirs of a Monkey. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  18. Al that is wonderful and well deserved. Keep working balancing and writing

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Thanks for your kind words, and support, Caroline. Every day brings new challenges, but when you’re doing what you love, passion alway carries us along. All the best to you, my friend.

  19. Steve’s book is definitely awesome – I just reviewed it on Amazon.

    Congratulations on the book signing! That’s fantastic news! I meant to find a wifi area today so I could register my ipod on kindle and I forgot (hits self over the head). I will do it over the weekend. PROMISE. Then I can read your book and rave about that too😀

    And it’s fantastic that you’re going to print dead-tree copies. I hope you keep one for yourself😀. If I read your book in time, can I buy a dead tree copy off you at Readercon? It would save on shipping costs🙂

    And, how could I have left this for last, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE RANKING!!!!! That’s just the best news EVER and you deserve it, more than most people I know. You’re amazing and you thoroughly deserve every good thing that comes you way.

    Much writer love😀

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Hi AM…so glad you enjoyed Steve Umstead’s, “Gabriel’s Redemption.” I loved it too. I’m really pleased that you are excited to read my work, as well. I’d be happy to bring a hard copy with me to ReaderCon for you.

      Thank you so much for your kind words, and support. Can’t wait to see you at ReaderCon22. WooHoo!

  20. Darlene says:

    Congratulations Al. Sounds like things are going very well for you. Thanks for this blog as it really spoke to me. We simply cannot achieve our dreams alone! You are so right – the writing community is awesome and so supportive. I also needed to be reminded about being patient. Cheers, Darlene

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Darlene…thank you for visiting, my dear. I’m thrilled to hear that this post resonated with you. Our friends in the writing community certainly make it much easier to be patient, as they are always at the ready with a hug, a smile, and sound advice. Thank you for being an integral part of my support system.

  21. Well done Al, looking forward to your print-publication (some of us are still stumbling along at the back without a kindle). From a person whose glass if half-full let me tell you that I admire your positive attitude.

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Andy…I appreciate what you said about my positive attitude. The road to becoming a successful writer is a long, and a very arduous journey. Positivity is the one factor I know will help push me over the rise. Thanks so much for your visit.

  22. Congrats on hitting #1! Wow!!

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