December marks three years since I published the first of my books at Smashwords. Now I’ve got seven multi-format eBooks available through a number of online retail sales channels, including Barnes & Noble, the Apple iBookstore, Kobo, and others. I was happy to embrace the eBook format to accompany my print books. Like most other indie authors, my eBooks now account for virtually all of my sales.
In the past three years, tens of thousands of copies of my books have found their way into the hands, or devices, of readers. I’m really pleased with those numbers. What makes me even happier is the response I’ve noted in reviews. My books have been called inspiring, and ‘the most emotional’ ever read, and many other positive things.
More importantly, I hope that my books will have an impact, and that’s truly why I write. My books are about empowering youth.
- If my stories help young people, by giving examples of kids persevering in difficult situations, then I will be very satisfied.
- If my stories help young people overcome their own challenges, and perhaps find some inspiration, then I will be happy.
- If my stories help young people find the tenacity and courage to succeed in their own lives, then I will be very pleased.
- If my stories help achieve some better understanding among friends and families, then I will consider myself fulfilled.
The ultimate reward for writing?
If even one young person finds some example in one of my books that he or she can use in their own life, then I will consider that every moment I spent writing those books was the best possible way to spend that time.