Monday, July 11, 2011

20,000 eBOOKS SOLD

Over the years, I signed with two agents and worked closely with a couple of editors in NY. I gave myself self-imposed deadlines. I found a fill-in-the-blank contract with a NY publisher on-line, printed it off, filled in the blanks, signed it, and kept it on the wall in front of my computer. I wrote a make-believe Publisher's Lunch Sweet Deal made by Theresa Ragan and hung that up too. I went to RWA's National Conferences, filled my days with workshops, and learned from the best. I critiqued and brainstormed with some amazing writers. And yet I couldn't make a sale. I thought about giving up, even tried it for a few months and couldn't.

After that, I did what I had to, I kept on writing...in the car while picking up kids, late at night, early in the morning. I don't have an office. I take my laptop from room to room. Sometimes I write without the light on so I won't wake anyone up.

When you're a writer, you write.

Four months ago I was looking through the Want Ads for a job. After nearly two decades of writing while raising four kids, it was time to get a job that pays. With nothing to lose, I self-published my two medieval time travels, followed by three more books. 

I hit the 20,000 mark on July 9th, but I haven't known what to say on my blog. Yay me! sounds stupid. I don't want this to sound like some sort of Oscar speech either when I thank my readers...every single one of them. But if that's what it sounds like, then so be it.

THANK YOU READERS!

And thanks to every single writer and family friend who bought my book just to support me and my dream.

13 comments:

Cate Rowan said...

Two thumbs up and a WOOOOOHOOOOOO, Ms. T!

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Cate! The last four months have been such a fantastic, crazy ride. Thanks for always cheering me on!

JJ said...

You are my new inspiration! Writers write, and that's all I seem to do lately. I need a new plan and I have just begun to look at the e-book world. Congrats!

The East Coaster said...

Well, if you won't, I'll do it for you YAY!!!!!! You deserve it. What you've managed to accomplish is amazing. Thank you for your brilliant writing and wonderful characters. Keep it up.

Theresa Ragan said...

JJ, thanks for the kind words. I was very hesitant about doing all of this book stuff on my own, but the great thing is...if you don't like it, you can always go back to sending out queries and knocking on doors. Good luck with your new plan!

Hi East Coaster! Thanks for the Yay!!! You're making me blush with all the compliments. Thanks for celebrating with me today.

cidney swanson said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you!

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, Cidney!

sheamacleod said...

Okay, you don't want to say it? Then I will...

YAY YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is freaking awesome. Hey Gatekeepers, stick that in your pipe and smoke it! We like Theresa Ragan! :-)

Here's to the next 20,000. :-)

Theresa Ragan said...

LOL, Shea! Thanks so much!

Sarah Woodbury said...

Hi Theresa! I'm so happy for you! I've watched how well your books have been doing--so great to hear your story.

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Sarah, sorry I didn't see your comment until today! Funny that you are here because just this morning I hit LIKE on all of your books. Our books always seem to be connected on Amazon so I feel like I know you already. :) Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such a nice comment.

LM Preston said...

You go girl!!!!

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, LM Preston!