But maybe, just maybe, it's the beginning of one.
I got yet another request for the full manuscript of Cold Stone & Ivy. She's a New York agent who has read the first three chapters and was 'delighted' to read the rest. That makes me delighted. And when I sit back and take stock of my 6 month foray into the landscape of publishing, I must admit I've done rather well.
Both Lion and Tiger are making money on Kindle. Enough to be considered a small second part-time job. Not too bad considering I've spent nothing on advertising, and that the readership is growing due to word of mouth recommendations. (Oh yes, and wonderful unsolicited reviews!) Both books are at two small publishers for consideration, and one of those publishers has several award-winners under it's belt. I would be excited to see them there...
And Cold Stone & Ivy is out on partials with four agents and out on full with two. It is out on full at a small Canadian publisher and a large New York (Big Five) firm. I have very high hopes in that regard.
All of this in the span of six months. So, no, I really don't have any idea what 'normal' authors go through. I read blogs by authors who freely admit they've never made a dime from their work, so for me, making enough to renovate my bathroom ain't so shabby. And with Songs from the Year of the Cat well underway, a third book will soon be available on Amazon and the sales will only get better.
So, CS&I is out in Full-Force and I am experiencing a Surge of confidence.
Hmm, maybe you'll get a chuckle out of me yet...=)