I wanted to take some time and update you all on some changes I'm about to make to The Darkened Path Book 1. I am going to be temporarily taking it down off the sales channels to edit and revise it. It has been brought to my attention that the sales rank is dismal, I have not had sales for several months. It has been 11 months since I published it and it has not had the success I anticipated and hoped for. Smashwords indicates partial and sample downloads but no sales, Amazon editions are not selling period, I have this book on literally every sales page I can publish it to, Lulu will not accept the original manuscript. I guess I have to accept the fact that my first published work is not up to snuff and I need to fix and change it a bit. I may even edit the title and change that a bit too, I find that the title and the part where it says "The Burden" doesn't really match with the second book I am writing.
Into the revised and edited edition will go a few more chapters and pages, chapter labels in the heading, and table of contents page, and possibly a bit of editing of the original story. There wont be anything removed or taken out from the original story, just some details and other snippets added in that have come to mind while I have been busy writing the second book. I am also busily working on book two, of which I have 22,000 words written and right now I am on chapter 4. The Darkened Path book 2: The Witch of Lone Oak is shaping up well far as I'm concerned, I even have a more targeted audience for this one now, which will be Paranormal, Witchcraft, and Personal Documentary. I have to do this on self publishing platforms and under my own steam, I cannot afford a editor or a publisher at the moment.
I noticed there doesn't seem to be a lot of authors willing to "go there" with the fact they are really Pagan, that they actively practice witchcraft, or even come out with this fact, and they definitely do not seem to be writing a personal account of it? There are lots of books on Spells, Books of Shadows, several types of magical practice and instruction and guidebooks to following and subscribing oneself towards particular Paths, and thousands of how-to manuals on a plethora of subjects relating to esoteric practices. But I see very few personal accounts and biographical type works. While I realize that a lot of first time authors have a hard time getting the publicity and attention they need to make sales, I am still a bit disappointed. This doesn't deter me however, I am continuing to write and get the story out and success does not come on a whim and is not achieved immediately and definitely does not come without a few failures and mishaps first! I will update again soon, hopefully, I now have a lot of free time to devote to writing and I am now self employed, and about to be signing up for online college classes, so in front of my computer is where I am going to be spending a ridiculous amount of time and probably for the next several weeks and possibly a few months! Bright Blessings to all! I shall return!