I hit a pretty big milestone last year at this time: A couple of days before Thanksgiving, I sold my 1,000th copy of On the Island. I was still working my day job in human resources at Wells Fargo and my co-workers rang a cow bell to celebrate (we were always pretty noisy, in general, so this was not as disruptive as you might imagine it to be).
I was thankful for those 1,000 sales. Eternally, unbelievably thankful. I'd read all the statistics: most self-published authors are lucky if they manage to sell 100 books. I'd already surpassed that and daily sales were starting to trend upward. I had no idea what the next six months would bring, but I was having a blast and connecting with readers all over the world.
As most of you already know, things got a whole lot better and I was able to make the transition to full-time writer. And to show you how thankful I am, I'd like to give one of you the gift of reading (or more specifically, a new Kindle Paperwhite with free 3G and Wi-Fi).
In the comments, tell me what you're thankful for. And please know that I am truly thankful for you.