Achievement Unlocked! Goals Met (And Some I Didn’t Know I Had)

Freak Out

This is how I feel, but in a GOOD way, because I’m so excited. (Photo credit: Frau Shizzle)

A while back I wrote a humorous post about goals which would let me know I’d “made it” (whatever that means) in my writing career. Since then I’ve passed some pretty impressive personal milestones, and while I wrote that post primarily for my fiction writing, it would be wholly ungrateful of me not to acknowledge the great things which have come my way thus far in my non-fiction work as well.

Sometimes we achieve goals we didn’t even mean to set, and it’s good to find the joys of these surprise achievements. So here are some awesome things which have really happened, some of which I hadn’t even thought of as goals until I was delighted by them.

  • Amazon’s search bar auto-completed my title (from their search data, not my browser) — people were searching for me!
  • A reader wrote to me using the phrase “3F dog” (from the title Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out) — I’ve helped create new slang!
  • first autograph request (via Authorgraph, for Kitsune-Tsuki)
  • first autograph request (with ink, for Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out)
  • first crazy fan (…not as in “enthusiastic”)
  • the ClickerExpo conference bookstore sold out of Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out halfway through the first day of three
  • contacted by first of multiple stores and sites which wanted to stock Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out
  • brag moment: Today, exactly four weeks after its release, Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out has spent three weeks and six days on Amazon’s bestseller list in its category, with more than three weeks (and counting!) in Top 20 or Top 10. Ho-lee cow.

Thank you guys. Seriously. Because a book without readers is a fairly useless, silly thing, and I am so grateful to all of you!

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