I’ve had a very exciting time behind the scenes lately. I attended the HarperCollins Summer Party this week and had an amazing time. For anyone who knows me, I am a huge fan of boy and girl bands (yes, I know I’m too old but who cares) and I got to meet Lee and Duncan from Blue. I was grinning like a loon on the photo.

But behind that, I had news that I couldn’t share, until now. Because I am ecstatic to announce that I have a two book deal with Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins. I am writing a new series, I’m coming back to my hometown of Stoke-on-Trent for the setting and I’m introducing a new detective sergeant, Grace Allendale.  

Click here for the link with all the news.

As well as this, I am over the moon to share that I have sold one million books! At first, it was a dream to sell one hundred books, then the goal became one thousand, and then ten thousand, but when the noughts kept on being added, it was a crazy feeling. 

At the time of self-publishing in late 2011, I found my inspiration from authors such as Talli Roland, Kerry Wilkinson and Mark Edwards and Louise Voss, who were self-publishing too. Before that, it was authors such as Adele Parks, Marian Keyes, Lucy Diamond, Rowan Coleman and Lisa Jewell. When I turned to crime writing it was authors such as Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham and Peter James.

Now, I often find myself being called an inspiration and it is such a great feeling. I can also see rising authors who are going to be the next generation to inspire aspiring authors So, over the next few weeks, I’m going to put out a series of articles about how I sold one million books.  

But to sell one million books blows my mind. Part of me thinks that some authors have sold one million copies of one particular novel, and some have sold in excess of 2 and 3 million of multiple books. Me, I have ten and am a steady Eddie.

But then I think, hang on a minute,  ONE MILLION BOOKS. Way to go, Sherratt!

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank anyone who has bought one of my books and enjoyed it. You made this author’s dreams come true. Without being able to build my own audience, I wouldn’t have got the chance to work with publishers – and I wouldn’t be sitting here with a huge grin on my face after the deal with HarperCollins Avon has been announced. I wouldn’t be sitting here working with the best agent ever, Madeleine Milburn, who has been with me through the years. Even though I work long hours, I wouldn’t be sitting here running my own company, making a good living from my books and getting to do what I love every day. I wouldn’t be sitting here having met most of the authors that inspired me and lots more too.

The first in the new series with Avon, The Dead Secrets, will be out in Summer 2018. I do have something else coming out before that though… news about that soon…    

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18 thoughts on “One million copies sold and a new book deal

  • July 7, 2017 at 17:44
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    Mel, most sincere congratulations on your one million novels sold and your wonderful new book deal. I am excited to see what Grace Allendale is all about. I will follow you wherever you go!

    Christine XO

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    • July 7, 2017 at 18:17
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      Thank you so much, Christine – good to have you along for the ride. I am sure you will love Grace Allendale 🙂 x

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  • July 7, 2017 at 17:44
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    Just love your books x

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    • July 7, 2017 at 18:18
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      Thank you so much, Julie – and for all your comments and messages etc!

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    • July 7, 2017 at 18:19
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      Thank you so much Noelle – and for all your support and friendship along the way! x

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  • July 7, 2017 at 18:07
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    Congratulations Mel, this is a joy to read. If anyone deserves every success it is you. I’ve never ceased to be inspired by the hard work and determination which fuels your ability to succeed. Keep flying, here’s to the next million.

    P.S. You are NEVER too old to enjoy boy/girl bands. x

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    • July 7, 2017 at 18:20
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      Thank you so much, Caroline! I can’t begin to thank you enough for your friendship and support along the way. It has been amazing – long may it continue, towards the next million 🙂 And yes, I’m actually 25 in disguise 😉 x

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  • July 7, 2017 at 18:28
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    Brilliant news and I know how hard you’ve worked for your success. Congratulations, Mel!

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    • July 9, 2017 at 10:36
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      Thanks so much Pam – for someone who has been there even before it all started, you do know how hard I have worked, lol! Cheers!

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  • July 7, 2017 at 18:59
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    So very proud for you young lady xx

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    • July 9, 2017 at 10:36
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      Thanks so much Shirley! x

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  • July 7, 2017 at 19:16
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    Congratulations to you Mel, and I am already looking forward to reading your new books
    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your others.
    Carry on the good work

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    • July 9, 2017 at 10:37
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      Thank you so much Joyce – that’s very kind of you to say!

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  • July 7, 2017 at 21:29
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    Wow congratulations on selling a million books Mel but it doesn’t surprise me as you are such a great author, I have enjoyed reading all your books as they are such an easy read to point when I can’t put it down. I’m so excited for you but also for all of us your fans with the book deal as that means we get more of your work, so it is a win win situation for us all. I have to say too that you are forever young in your mind and if you want to like boy/girl bands then you go girl, I’m 72 years young and I also love the boy/girl bands especially little mix.

    Love and best wishes for your future endeavours

    Lady Anne

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    • July 9, 2017 at 10:35
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      Lady Anne – what a lovely comment! Thank you so much for your kind words. I don’t think I’ll ever stop with my ideas – nor my young at heart feeling. Go you! I love Little Mix – would love to meet them too!

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  • July 13, 2017 at 19:48
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    I’m glad to hear about your million books . They can’t be wrong . Xx

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    • August 9, 2017 at 16:45
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      Thank you so much, Angela!

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