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.