When I first started Clash of Tides, I was hoping to get 100K reads in a year. Well, it didn’t happen. I wasn’t even close to getting 100K reads. And believe me, it wasn’t from a lack of trying. A year ago, around March 2015, I finally decided to work on my original stories. I did everything I could to promote my book – nice cover, interesting blurb and reviewed several stories for other writers.
Now, over a year later, Clash of Tides has finally reached 60K reads. Am I happy about it? Honestly, no, not really. Many writers couldn’t understand why I wasn’t happy with the reads I got, especially considering how hard is to get them. I had a goal in a mind, and I failed to achieve that goal. Compared to the quality of stories on Wattpad and the readership, I felt and still do feel like a failure. If I can’t even get 100K reads on one little writing website, then clearly I’ll never sell a popular book in real life. So, I feel mixed emotions. I’m not happy, I’m not sad; I’m indifferent, almost to the point where I just don’t care anymore. I know it’s rare to be successful with one book, but darn it, I tried.
I guess my story didn’t catch on like those other ones. I guess I needed to add more sex or maybe my sentence structure wasn’t simple enough. Who knows, honestly? I wanted to write a book that had a deeper meaning than just finding love with a merman and intercourse…sigh. I bet if I changed the story and made it all smut, my reads would skyrocket.