25k! Unbelievable!

Amazon has been treating me very well of late. Even though the downloads have been tapering off, they have still not died entirely. As a matter of fact, some time yesterday the combined downloads of all of my books on Amazon.com crossed the 25,000 mark! Granted, the vast majority of those downloads are free copies of Book 1, but that does not diminish the fact that tens of thousands of people have my book in their digital libraries. This is a very big deal for me. I realize that most of you out there would suggest that it would be a big deal for any indie author, but people who know me personally can appreciate how monumental this is to me specifically.

I am intensely self-conscious about the things that I create. I always have been. The books in particular were a source of great embarrassment for me for reasons I’m still not able to fully articulate. On the day that I self-published, the number of people who were fully aware that I’d written a book, let alone a trilogy, was in the single digits. I would agonize over whether or not to tell someone, and swear them to secrecy about it. Members of my immediate family didn’t know. Now there are thousands and thousands of people who have the book. That is simultaneously the most exciting and most terrifying outcome I could have imagined. To my great relief, the experience has been extremely positive. Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been perfect. I’ve received some reviews that I’ve described as psychologically ruinous. (Evidently there is at least one person out there who would have liked to see all of my characters die in a fire.) Most people who share their thoughts, though, are encouraging and helpful. For the others, I’m slowly developing what I refer to as a “review callous.” Very slowly.

I very much doubt that I’m the only person who has poured countless hours into a project, then sat upon it for fear of failure. Consider this an example of what could happen if you take a chance.

Rather than spend a whole post patting myself on the back, though, let me give you an update on what’s going on. I’ve finished doing another revision of Book 3. In the next few weeks that will go live, and those interested can update. Since I’ve received comparatively few complaints about typos and the like on Jade and Bypass Gemini, I’ll put off doing additional revisions of them in order to focus on the current book I’m writing. I’m not usually in a hurry to finish a book, but I am extremely interested in getting Sci Fi Book 2 finished and published. When I’m selecting books to read, I always feel a lot better about trying a new author when I know that, if I like their stuff, there will be more where that came from. Thus, continuing the adventures of Lex, Karter, and Ma is my current priority, so that fellow series readers will know that it isn’t one and done.

That’s it for now. As always, thanks for reading.



  1. Mr. Lallo, I am now on the third book of the trilogy. I want to start off by saying I have read hundreds of books in many genres. If I don’t like a book or it doesn’t have my attention, I’ll stop reading. This trilogy has kept me looking forward to where I left off.

    I also appreciate your humbleness and candor. I know some reviews commented on grammatical errors, etc. Who cares! You had the courage to not only write this, but self-publish which is something in and of itself. I have been encouraging my young children to write because they have that creativity.

    Congrats and best wishes as you are an author. Good Job!

    v/r SH


    1. I really appreciate your encouraging words. It was always my hope that others would enjoy reading what I’ve written. It is great to hear that you are encouraging your children to write. This whole adventure (both the one inside the books and my own adventure in publishing them) started when I was very young and decided to let my imagination wander all over the page instead of staying cooped up in my head. Somewhere I still have the notepads that contain the hand written first draft. I starts with the line “A very short description of the story idea.” It ends six notebooks later.

  2. Hi Joseph. I just stumbled upon this post and wanted to share that I am also totally self conscious about my writing. Members of my close still family don’t know that I am on the verge of self-publishing my first book. In fact, right now, only a few of my closest friends know it. I am slowly coming out of my shell with it, but it’s a very slow process. If only I could achieve your success in a few years-25 000 downloads is an amazing number! Congratulations!

    1. Hi Vanna. Congratulations on stepping onto the roller coaster of self-publishing. If your journey is anything like mine, it might seem rough or even hopeless at times, but if you stick with it, I’m sure you’ll find an audience for your writing. I’m still astounded by what I’ve achieved, and still terrified by the knowledge of so many looking at something I guarded for so long. If you need any advice or recommendations, feel free to shoot me an email. I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve found a few things that help and a few things that hurt, so I’d be happy to share my thoughts. I wish you all the luck in the world.

  3. Your first book if wonderful. The story is unique, the setting capturing and the characters captivating. As an author not having a dozen assistants and agents dedicated to you,I think you’ve done a great job. Living in NYC and having a full-time career I find it very difficult to find time to read any book, especially a fiction book and I have to say that my time has not been wasted. Every morning on the subway I’m reading your book and wishing my ride was just a little longer 🙂 I look forward to #2. Good job sir!

    1. Hi, I’m glad you enjoyed the first book. While it is true that I don’t have assistants, servants, etc. on staff, I didn’t do this without help. A few of my friends contributed far more time to the proofreading and spit-balling stages than I had any right asking for, and they deserve a big part of the credit for how the book turned out. (I should add a special thanks in the next revision.) Regarding your subway reading sessions, I live and work very near to NYC myself, to the point that if I’m not paying attention on the way home, I could end up at the World Trade Center by accident. As a result, a considerable amount of the book you’ve been reading on the subway was also WRITTEN on the subway. Hopefully you enjoy the second book as much as the first. Thank you for the kind words.

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