photo(2)For the past two years as I was self-published, I’ve enviously watched books shoot up the charts on Kindle Daily Deal and gain visibility. And whenever I see a book on Kindle Daily Deal that has been written by anyone I know, or have met, or even just formed a relationship with on social media, I retweet and share posts about it lots during that day. I also buy the book. It might not help with the inevitable sales but I like to help if I can, even if I never read the book and it sits on my kindle. Because I know what it’s like to be in the top one hundred – it feels amazing. It’s a ridiculous high – I can’t tell you how many screen-shots I took yesterday, just because.

I also had several conversations yesterday because people didn’t realise that none of my estate books have ever ventured into the top 100. TAUNTING THE DEAD was my big bestseller but even though the three books in my estate series came out in 2012, and all made number one in psychological thrillers, none of them made that elusive chart. SOMEWHERE TO HIDE was the closest at 105. The series sells steadily, even when TAUNTING THE DEAD was re-released in December last year and WATCHING OVER YOU was published in January with a promotion campaign, sales stayed more or less the same.  So I had near on given up. Indeed I have just commissioned a cover designer to re-brand all three books again for me.

This morning, after WATCHING OVER YOU was on Kindle Daily Deal yesterday, and got to number three in the overall chart, I woke to find all three estate books had reached the top 100 chart too – just!  That’s eighteen months – two years to get there.

It was great fun while it lasted – and that’s just it, really, isn’t it? Moments like this don’t come along very often and I know, as somewhat of a pessimist about life in general, that they should be celebrated. It is hard work to get noticed, but fun when you do. Sliding down the charts today won’t be half as much fun – the books at the top of the charts have been there slowly gathering momentum for weeks to get to the top and stay at the top. But for me to say that I have a number one in Germany now (WATCHING OVER YOU) and also that finally The Estate Series have all reached the top 100 – well, that’s what dreams are made of.

 Many thanks, again, for all the sharing of my blog post and tweets. 

What goes up must come down…
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9 thoughts on “What goes up must come down…

  • April 19, 2014 at 12:56
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    Congratulations on your books hitting the top 100. Quite an accomplishment! I look forward to hearing more about your journey and successes! (Hey, that promised marketing post already has my attention 😉 Best wishes!

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    • April 29, 2014 at 15:50
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      Hi Chris, thanks – it was a great moment. And yes, the marketing post will be there soon but there isn’t really any secret to it apart from keep on keeping on! Good luck 🙂

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  • April 19, 2014 at 18:22
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    Hi Mel, enjoyed your seminar discussion at the Bookfair. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to talk to you on the Kindle stand – you were very much in demand! Congrats on your success. Where did you find a good cover designer? I’m right at that stage now with my contemporary crime novel and looking for a stunning cover. Kind regards, Dai.

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    • April 29, 2014 at 15:49
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      Thanks so much, Yasmina – yes, there are far too screen shots many but who cares! Mx

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  • April 20, 2014 at 10:28
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    Love, love, love 🙂 Congratulations Mel. Yes, you most definitely should celebrate. Well deserved x

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  • April 21, 2014 at 17:14
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    Ah, massive congratulations Mel. And well deserved. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on marketing. Also intrigued to hear how you found the book fair.

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    • April 29, 2014 at 15:48
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      Thanks Niki – yes, I need to do that marketing post but am snowed under plotting again 😉 I have done a post on London Book Fair too 🙂

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