It all started with a phone call from my agent. MMB Media had contacted her and wanted to buy all three of my Jazzi Zanders mysteries to make into digital audio books. That made me pretty excited. I got even more excited when Lauren told me that I owned all of the audio rights for my mystieries. It was in my contract, but I never expected to have to consider it. I’m glad I have Lauren for an agent.
Then my editor, John Scognamiglio, at Kensington, told me that The Body in the Attic had been scheduled at 99 cents for BookBub on Feb. 7. Always a good thing! Kensington had already offered 100 copies in a giveaway on Goodreads that garnered the book 100 reviews there, mostly good ones. And I had some more reviews on Amazon. That was a first for me. I’d never reached 100 before.
WAY back, when I wrote my first urban fantasy–FALLEN ANGELS–I sent it to BookBub and they accepted it. I offered it for free, and it got LOTS of downloads. It zoomed to number one for FREE e-books. What I was too-new-to-the-business to understand is that MOST authors wait to do that until they have a few books in a series. Then people order the first book and many order the next ones, too, and the author makes money. Shrug. You live and you learn. At least I got name recognition from it. And I learned some business savvy. These days, it’s not easy to get a “yes” from BookBub. But Kensington has more clout than start-up writers, so I got lucky.
The Body in the Attic went on sale there today, and I hate to admit it, but I couldn’t concentrate on the chapter I was writing because I kept looking at my numbers to see how I was doing. Making it even harder to concentrate, my husband got more excited than I was. (He’s pretty cute. That’s why I keep him). And every time we looked, my numbers were better. Now, I can’t tell how many actual sells it had. Those numbers all go to Kensington. All I can see are the rankings, but when it went to #12 in Kindle store, #1 in Cozy culinary mysteries, then #1 in amateur sleuth mysteries, and #1 in hobbies and crafts, and again in “animal” mysteries, I printed it out, because I might never see those numbers again:) To say I was distracted is putting it mildly.
My nerves are starting to settle now. And I realize what goes up must come down. But at least it FINALLY went up. I’ve been working at writing for a long, long time. A lot of writers have. Writing isn’t for the faint of heart, or for the easily disheartened.
I try to share the different ups and downs of my writing with you. This time, it’s nice to share an “up.” A month from now, who knows? I might grumble about a “down.” But I believe in enjoying every little success that comes my way, so I’m enjoying myself now.
The next realization? I can do a happy dance around the house today, but tomorrow, I need to plant my fanny in my chair and hit the keys again. I want the next book to be as good or better than the first. I’m so happy for readers. I don’t want to let them down. And I don’t want to let myself down either.
So for you? I wish you Happy Writing!
P.S. I ask this every once in a while, but does anyone have any questions they’d like to throw out there. I’d be happy to try to answer them, if I can.