A Writers Life
In my decade as a writer, there have been some ups, such as Chronicles of Mark Johnson winning an award, and the success of my Forgestriker series. But there have been far more errors of judgment, not the least was joining the German site Bookrix, which to this day is why I think Chronicles never sold after winning the award seven years ago.
While I was in Bookrix, I was involved in several running disputes with some of the other writers, mainly because I became popular though I never sought the popularity they did. It was one of these people who trashed my award-winner online, I cannot prove she did the damage, but in my mind, the proof is there because she later leads an online cyber-bullying campaign aimed at me; to the extent, I was forced to leave the site.
Another aspect of being on the site was I got asked to join an anthology of writers who were writing for a children's charity book, while writing for the publications was not an error; putting the book links on my Amazon page was a grave error as the non-sales of these books drags my ratings down to this day.
A result of winning the award several people who I used to chat to in the US stopped talking to me. I think their reaction was because I won the prize even though I never took any courses in writing, or went to a college, and that made them annoyed as they're always telling me how good they were.
Surpassing those errors is the one I made two years ago when I bought a book cover, I don't think I will see enough sales for me to recoup the outlay for the cover of A Homecoming.