Thursday, June 9, 2011
SUMMER SECRETS hits #1 ON THE NYT E-Books Bestseller List
To make it even sweeter, DON'T SAY A WORD hit USA Today at #84 and on June 19th will be #24 on the New York Times E-Books Bestseller List.
To say I'm stunned would be an understatement, especially because these books are self-published backlist titles. I got the rights back to the books last year and went into publisher mode. I designed the covers, got the books scanned, formatted and uploaded to all the E-book sites, which was quite a labor intensive undertaking. This is one reason I haven't been blogging much the past few months. I've been putting up my backlist (12 titles and counting ...)
I soon realized that I was wearing a lot of hats, not just writer, but art designer, proofreader, copy editor. I was in charge of marketing and tweeting and posting on Facebook and generally shouting my books and name to the universe. I became very familiar with html and codes and even accidentally signed up to be an App developer at Apple when I really meant to sign up to upload my books to the IBookstore! LOL. But hey maybe one day I'll do an app.
Everything seemed daunting at first. Every time I went to a new site, I had that sinking feeling that I hoped I wasn't about to screw everything up when I hit upload. Those of you who have been through this know exactly what I'm talking about. The one great thing about doing everything myself was that I really learned how to do it all. And I felt empowered!
I love being able to see my numbers in real-time. I love being able to tweak a cover that isn't working. I love being able to change a price and give readers a one day special here and there. I'm thrilled that some of my favorite books that went out of print after only a few weeks are now available again. That's the absolute best part.
A lot of my friends are asking me what's next. I'm still publishing books with Pocket. My 5th and last book in the Angel's Bay Series, GARDEN OF SECRETS, comes out on Sept. 20th, 2011, and I'm really excited to bring Joe and Charlotte's story to life. I will have another book for Pocket after that so I definitely have my feet in both traditional and self-publishing and certainly appreciate the support I've had from my publishers.
Who knows what the future will bring? The book world is changing so fast. I think for readers having more books to choose from is a win! And for writers having more opportunities to get books into a reader's hands is also a win. I've also become a big fan of the Nook and the Kindle -- yes, I have both, and they're amazing. I never thought I'd enjoy reading electronically, but I do.
Thanks for sharing my wonderful news. If anyone has any questions, I'm happy to answer ...