It was 4 years ago when I wrote my first Poor Percival short story, and 1 year after that when I wrote what would become the first Poor Percival collection, comprising the tales of how Percival grows up. And for the next 3 years those stories sat in a long neglected folder in the far reaches of my laptop collecting dust. Electronic dust, I suppose, but dust nonetheless.
Flash forward to August 2012. Sitting at home on the couch, staring blankly out the window watching squirrels fall out of the trees, when a single tumbleweed of a thought drifts through my otherwise vacant mind. I rise up in a moment of passion and declare for all the world to hear, “Enough is enough!”
“Quiet!” says Maleigha. “I can’t hear Rosseanne.”
“Sorry.” I return to the couch. “Enough is enough!” I declare in the softest whisper I can for all the world to hear.
It was then and there that I decided sometimes you have to do things yourself, and so I would self-publish my Percival stories on Kindle, or die trying. (After some quick research, I found out publishing on the Kindle has a very low publishing to death ratio, greatly boosting my confidence.)
Now, as of October 3rd, the first of the Poor Percival tales is available for download on Amazon, and is already being hailed as “the best new book of 2012” by my mom. It’s been an amazing learning experience getting these stories ready for Kindle, and my preconceptions toward self-publishing have forever changed.
With surprisingly no unexpected issues arising from this “test” release, I hope to have Tale 2 and 3 published within the week, with 4 and 5 coming a few weeks after (still have covers to create for those).
So now Percival is gradually making his way out into the world. Will thousands of people flock to download these stories? Probably not. Will I get rich off of Percival? Probably not (especially with a profit of only 35 cents per sale). But that’s not the point. The point is that these stories are going to be out there and available for anyone who wants to read them. It’s more than just a story; it’s something I created, something personal, a piece of myself. No more hiding. No more collecting dust. That is how I measure my success.
Of course, at the end of the day I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t say:
And here’s my official purchase of Poor Percival Tale 1 on Kindle this morning. 🙂