If you follow me on twitter then you’ll know that I’ve been slightly over-excited today refreshing the Amazon Kindle chart and seeing the Kindle version of In Search of Adam fly up their charts. It currently stands at number 8 in the Kindle bestsellers chart (paid) and also at number 8 in the Kindle bestsellers in fiction (paid) chart which makes it number 92 in bestsellers in ALL contemporary fiction books.
This means that when people browse the Kindle chart they will see In Search of Adam (a novel that has been out for 3 years now) and MY name alongside the very BIG names of Stieg Larsson, Dan Brown, David Nicholls, Stephen King and Peter James. This to me, at this very moment, is HUGE (as the chart is updated every hour, I may be at a lower number when you read this but bear with me).
And the reason why I am there, why I am flying with the big boys? It’s simple. My debut novel that is 3 years old costs a mere and very perfect 36p! Bargain! (It was 26p earlier but has gone up slightly. Amazon have discounted it down from 97p)
The logic behind my publisher’s pricing I think is both genius and simple. Let’s not forget that this is my backlist we are talking about, not my latest novel and that this is a novel that was very much lost during a liquidation. The idea is that more readers = more exposure = more chance of word or mouth and repeat buys. In my opinion, in these still early days of eBooks, being visible is everything. It is quite simply that the online browsing readers are now seeing me.
Last time I mentioned eBook pricing and the low cost of my books I know that it was suggested by some that I was undervaluing my writing. This time my being excited about it and twittering about it led to me seeing a seriously nasty comment about me on twitter. It made me not want to publish this blog post.
I strongly disagree with the undervaluing. I am fully aware that I will not make much money from each eBook sale and this was a discussion that I had with my publisher before the price was agreed. This may shock some, but this for me is very much not about the money! This is a rare opportunity for my name and my early fiction to be read. This is about reaching real readers, ones who may just go on to look at my other books too.
I’ve been cheap over at Waterstone’s online for a few weeks now. Both of the eBook versions of In Search of Adam and Black Boxes are priced at £1.10 and both have been in the bestselling top 20 (out of 30,000 eBooks) for a few weeks now (Black Boxes is currently at number 10 and has been out 2 years, In Search of Adam is at number 15).
I now very much know that some people say nasty things about me behind my back. That’s hard for me to deal with BUT I don’t think I can stop being the way I am. This is me, this is how I am and when things like being number 8 (squee!) stop being a big deal to me then I’ll be expecting a few of my good friends to give me a slap. I love that I’ve been so excited about an Amazon chart today and I especially love that since the publication of Like Bees to Honey I’ve realised just how many very fabulous people out there are wishing me well. The others, well, bah humbug!
A HUGE thank you to all the people who think I’m worth a punt and have bought one of my books.