I could have posted this yesterday, but I get a child-like excitement whenever I see February 29th written. In fact, I have a “diary” that I started in 2000 that I only read and write in on February 29th. I’m looking forward to finding it sometime today and reading it. Enough about that. Since it’s the end of a rather exciting month, I think I’ll take a moment to sum it all up.
February 5th was Semester Aboard‘s half-birthday. It’s a little surreal to think that it’s been published for half a year. It’s even more unbelievable to me when I think about everything that’s happened in just six months. I broke 500 fans on the Facebook page this month: a goal I thought was unreachable when I was struggling to get my first 25. Not a week goes by when a book on some website doesn’t sell and I keep getting (very kind and amazing!) reviews!
Barnes & Noble reported their sales to Smashwords yesterday and I’ve already sold 36 (16 in February alone) in 2012. I sold 66 at B&N from August to December. My mind is just blown away that I’ve already sold more than half that! Honestly, it’s just all so exciting that I can’t believe it.
I have official bookmarks now, some have already been mailed out to people who have won them!
And last, but not least, there are a lot of exciting things coming up! Semester Aboard is going to be a feature on Indies Unlimited on March 7 (I posted the link, but it won’t work until the 7th). I’ll also be doing a guest post for them soon. There will also be an interview with Charlie going up sometime this weekend – yes, Charlie the character from Semester Aboard. It was really fun and I’m hoping to do more character interviews in the future.
In other news, the wedding count-down numbers are getting dreadfully small. I’ll still be about as often as I can, but expect me to all but vanish in mid-April. Then, although I love you all, I won’t be mucking around on blogger on my honeymoon, so I’ll be gone for a week.
It’s also worth mentioning that I’ve got an on-going pseudo contest on my Facebook Page. Basically, I’ve gotten jealous of all of the beautiful pictures I see on other pages. The only pictures I have are my cover, my writing happy place, and a lonely, lovely piece of fanart. So, I’m asking people (no artistic talent necessary, just use google!) to find images that remind them of Semester Aboard and post them to my page, along with a comment that explains why you chose the picture. Once I have enough to make it a decent contest (like 5 or 6) I’ll choose the 3 best and the winners will either get a signed bookmark or a free digital copy of Semester Aboard. Yes, I realize that last prize doesn’t help people who have it already. If you don’t have it, you can read the first four chapters right here – I think that will be enough to inspire you to find a picture.
Thanks for taking the time to read my long-winded nonsense!