Strangely enough, it also was a factor in where the series is headed. Because I now know my characters in more personal detail than even the reader, it developed the storyline in ways that I didn't expect and ultimately the direction of each path.
HOW'S THE BOOK DOING?Well, as far as sales, pretty good! Considering I've had zero exposure to the world with any reviews on book review sites or otherwise, I'm still surprised when I check each day and see that I've sold copies. Yesterday was a crap day however, and I didn't sell a single book. But exactly who do I think I am, Stephen King? lol My only hope is that those who do read the book and enjoy it help spread the love by word of mouth or social networking, twitter, goodreads, whatever. Indie authors have a rough go because we lack the marketing that authors get who go through traditional publishers. But, it is what it is. I wrote a story, created a world of characters and decided to share them.
The great thing is with book 1 behind me, now I have time to READ! Sometimes at night I could hear the whispers coming from my TBR (To be read) bookshelf - they were all completely disgusted with me--neglected. Now we're becoming BFF's once again.