Six Months later
”Begin with the end in mind.”
I can’t believe it’s been six months since I hit the “publish” button and officially launched Team Bad Decision: An Evolutionary Tale In Backcountry Hunting to the public at large.
I can distinctly remember talking with Scott one evening about a year ago, and fretting about if we would even sell twenty copies. I kept looking at stats that stated the average self published book sells 250 copies over it’s lifetime, with most of those coming in the first year.
So that’s what I set my goals at. If I could sell 250 books in a year, that meant I wasn’t a complete failure as an author, and that someone actually thought what I wrote was worth modestly more than the paper it was printed on (suckers!)
Today, I’m proud to say that total sales from eBook and paperback sales stand at 325, and we are only six months in! Of those 325 sales, there are 15-5 star reviews on Amazon (if you haven’t reviewed, get your ass in gear!)
Sales have understandably slowed down with hunting season here, and my seeming lack of presence in marketing, writing, and unfortunately, hunting.
The Greenwood house has been plagued by a variety of medical calamities over the years, and 2019 has been no exception. My wife has suffered for nearly two years from endometriosis, and everything else in my life took a backseat as I worked to help make her life more comfortable as she battled pain 24 hours a day as she inched towards life changing surgery.
Three weeks ago today she had a hysterectomy and excision surgery to remove the disease. She’s healing, and we are all adjusting to having our heads back above water. To say it’s taken a toll not only on her life, but our family as a whole, may be the understatement of the year.
On the hunting front, I had to cancel my Montana archery elk hunt to assist my wife post surgery. I did it without regret or hesitation. I think that sometimes we have a tendency to portray hunting as the sole driver in our lives. For some, maybe it is, but I would be lying if I said the same.
My family will always come first, even at my own expense.
But fear not!
Montana deer is fast approaching with two tags a piece and high expectations! Hopefully this blog will kick start my desire and focus to begin writing again with a purpose. I’ve got plenty of pieces sitting in the hopper, I just need to sit down and finish.
I sincerely hope you all have had a fantastic hunting season to date, with more success just around the corner.
I also want to thank all of you for your continued support and ask you to share the heck out of my book. I’d love to double my original goal and sell 500 copies by April!
Go find some whiskey, kill some shit, and don’t forget to keep making bad decisions!