This story might help motivate other authors - at least, I hope so.
I wrote my first book years ago, typed it up, and left to hibernate in my garage. [Well, to be truthful, my first attempt was when I was about 12 years old - it didn't go very far.] Then, in about 2010, when we were packing to move house, I came across the file box and sat down and read it. I thought - there's a story in here somewhere. Self-publishing was just attracting favor, and re-wrote and released that book in 2011. It reached about #9,000 ranking on Amazon. I wrote three or four more books, thrillers and SF, but sales were mediocre. Oh, and the book I wrote years ago and published in 2011 - it reached #63 on Amazon's top 100 paid books in May this year.
About a year ago I decided to get serious about self-publishing as a business. I found two new cover designers - one for my thrillers and one for my SF books - and had seven new covers produced as a re-branding exercise. I released three new books, adding to my thriller series and completing my SF trilogy. I re-designed my web site and had it re-developed. Twice, to get the result I wanted.
Between October and now I've added 5,500 new newsletter subscribers. And recently I've added almost 2,000 Twitter followers; this latter is a very new activity for me. Promotions - BookBub - a very popular promotional website for authors - seemed to appreciate the work I'd done, and I've had four BB promotions this year [the fourth will be July 18].
I've just completed the first book in my new thriller series - it will be a four book series - and it's currently with my editor. Watch for The Darwin Project.
Remember, this all happened in the last twelve months. I now have eight books and two box sets, and a ninth book almost ready to release. A reasonable achievement you might think. But wait - there's more!
I turned 78 this year. That's not a typo. So believe me, if I can do it - so can you!