We have sold HOW many books???
Monday, 6 November 2017
I have very exciting news.
As you know, The Sewing Machine was published on 17th April this year. As an author, I had a vague idea about how the book was selling, but a lot of that was based on hopes and dreams, cautiously tempered with a healthy dollop of common sense. Authors not knowing how things are going is pretty normal across the publishing world, as far as I know.
There have been positive noises from Unbound, and the occasional hint about numbers, but unlike a self-published author who can gain entry to the techno-gubbins in Amazon's cupboards, it's all a bit mysterious. Or at least it was until last week.
On Monday, (at 22:26 - someone was working very late) the six-monthly statements were sent out. I saw the email pop up as an alert on my phone and scrolled down to click on the PDF file, as you do... and I couldn't believe my eyes.
The next morning I got my calculator out, and did some arithmetic, and then sent a rather shaky email to Xander at Unbound. Could this actually be true? And the reply came back... Yes, it is.
So although these things are not much revealed, generally, I have permission from Unbound to let you know that we (yes, WE, because this is a team effort between all of you, and the team at Unbound, and myself) have sold more than 10,000 ebooks.
The paperbacks are counted separately and I can only talk about the ebooks... but WOW.
I know I say this a lot on Twitter and FB, but this is all down to you, and to the wonderful people who have
- written an Amazon review (126 and counting)
- rated the book on Goodreads (487 ratings)
- told a friend about it
- bought a copy for someone else
- stashed away a book to give as a Christmas gift
- come to an event
- blogged about the book
- tweeted (or RTed a tweet)
- and a myriad of other supporting things
You are all amazing.
Natalie (who is still wandering about muttering 'ten THOUSAND books' in both disbelief and delight).
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