Does that title sound a little intimidating? Don’t worry, there’s nothing serious to report here. After nearly two years of crafting my epic, and then preparing for the big launch, the sales figures for my launch day are in!
How exciting, you might think. Is that the sound of a fanfare I can hear rising as flags are unfurled and millions of balloons take to the sky in a display celebratory exuberance? Err, not quite. It’s safe to say that I won’t be purchasing that cliff-top villa in Malibu or heading down to Monte Carlo to reserve my berth in the marina.
I could pop down to Greggs and buy a few sausage rolls with the proceeds though, because, ladies and gentlemen, I posted double-figure sales on the first day that Monkey Arkwright was on sale. That’s right, I managed to persuade TEN people to part with their hard-earned cash in exchange for my book.
Now, I’m not about to get too excited at this point, but let’s look at the positive for a moment:-
- I managed to hit double figures.
- I’m at #300 in the “Coming of Age” category; #1256 in “Young Adult”; #3435 in “Mystery” and a very creditable #23,056 in Kindle paid books overall. There are over 5 million books available you know!
- I have achieved a lifelong dream – I’ve published a novel.
I realise that, unless I get incredibly lucky, this is probably the best sales week that I’ll have. This is the week where the family, friends, colleagues and fellow forum members that I’ve been badgering for the last month or so have dutifully made the purchase. From here on out, the hard graft starts; participating in review groups, pestering bloggers to review my book and considering the paid promotion options available to me; If you’re in London tomorrow lunchtime, look out for the Lancaster bomber, emblazoned with my book cover, blasting out Flight of the Valkyries as it flies low over Trafalgar Square.
No, the fact is that if this was a 1500m race, in which J.K.Rowling and Philip Pullman were taking the bell, and most of the pack was huffing and puffing to keep pace, I’d be still hopping about on the start line, trying to get my tracksuit off. It’s going to be a long slog, but I’m determined to enjoy it. Just for the record, here are my targets for the next 12 months:-
- Sell 200 copies.
- Obtain 20 reviews on Amazon.
- Have my book reviewed by at least one credible blogger.
If you’ve bought my book, or simply visited my website, then thank you for your support. Please check back here regularly and join me for what I hope will be an entertaining ride.