So it's one week since I pressed the button to self-publish my first novel. I still get a kick out of seeing the book listed online, even if it never goes anywhere! It's something I've always wanted to do, and I definitely get a sense of achievement having completed it. I hope some people read and enjoy it - I'd appreciate any feedback via this website, or a review on Amazon - preferably good for the latter to help stimulate interest :)
As seems to be recommended for first time authors, I've made it available for free download this weekend. Seems to have helped get it moving a little, about 25 downloads so far. Up to this point, it's been a very personal project, shared only with those close to me. Now it's out in the wild and having to fend for itself for the first time. It's a bit like being a parent, hoping your child can fend for itself as it ventures out in the world.
I'll drop back here now and then and update my thoughts on The Stream and any future projects. I definitely want to write more, this whetted my appetite for telling a story. I have other ideas that I'm trying to crystallise into a coherent tale, fitting it around my new day job, back as a software development manager. If only I didn't have to pay the bills, and I could make a living from writing!