Yesterday as I was trying to make sense of the first draft of my new novel so that I could get started on the second, I had my head down at my desk when an email pinged in. I don’t have Twitter on my PC at my desk (although I do bring my phone upstairs with me, well, you know, just in case…) but I do keep my email open, just because (are you catching a theme here?) Sometimes when I’m busy, I can ignore them but then another ping came in moments later and well, I’m only human. Cue me opening an email that led me to a link that I literally couldn’t believe had my name on it. It was the news page of The Bookseller saying that TAUNTING THE DEAD was one of Amazon Kindle top 100 bestselling books of 2012.
Now everyone knows that The Bookseller is the ‘booky bible’ so I was delighted to see my name in there! It felt like winning an award – because self-published novels can’t be entered in many, if any, competitions. It made my day, I can tell you. I read the link and then I read it again. Then my hand covered my mouth while I read it again. Then I burst into tears. There was no one home so I emailed my agent… ‘erm, is this right, am I really in the top 100 bestsellers of 2012?’
Suffice it to say, I was shocked. Apart from the fact that I’d forgotten that Amazon do a top 100 bestsellers of the year list, there were so many great books, traditionally published and self-published during last year, that I hadn’t thought about mine even being on the list. I am thrilled to bits.
If you follow me on Twitter, you will often see me using the hashtag #keepthefaith
So to Catherine Stovall for sending me this link I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Because you made this author very, very happy.