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One Hundred Thousand Sales Later

This time last year I was preparing to launch my first fiction novel, Don’t Turn Around. Now, I’ve just released the third in the series, The Silent Twin. I have just been told that my book sales have exceeded 100,000.

Feeling Surreal

How does that make me feel? Well, it’s a bit surreal to be honest. I cannot get my head around the fact that my readership has gone into six figures. It’s pretty mind blowing. I’ve always had a lot of support from bloggers and readers, and was thrilled in a geeky kind of way to see #TheSilentTwin trending on launch day, and becoming an Amazon best seller in its category in both the UK and US. I could not have done it without my fantastic publishers Bookouture, and the amazing team of professionals behind it.

Am I Famous Yet?

I am also hugely grateful to the wonderful bloggers and fellow authors for their support. And last but not least, a big internet hug to you, the reader, for taking the time to read what I have to say. So what’s next? I’m going to continue to work as hard as I can to get more books out there. DS Ruby Preston is launching next, and I hope to release three books in total this year. I’m so grateful that I have such a supportive family, as the term ‘distracted parenting’ really has come into play since I left my job to write full time! I’m still working twelve hour days, but the difference is, I’m doing what I love. My youngest son now thinks we’re millionaires (sorry son) and has started his Christmas list early. He keeps asking me if I’m famous yet, as he thinks famous people are definitely rich, and I should have no problem in buying him that new Mac computer he’s always wanted … for homework purposes only of course (yeah, right).

Thankfully I don’t need to be mega rich or famous, I’m just happy doing what I do, and as long as people enjoy my books, I’ll keep writing them.


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This Post Has 12 Comments
  1. Congratulations! I hope to model you and get my book out there. 🙂 Any more info on the new series?

    1. Thanks Catherine, best of luck with your writing. You might find some of my other blog posts of interest too. I’m really excited about my DS Ruby Preston series, which is based in Hackney. I hope to share some more details about my Amazon thriller in the forthcoming months. 🙂

  2. Finally managed to actually read your post, as could only ‘like’ it whilst on holiday in Norfolk – I adore the place, but the wifi is abysmal! Congratulations on your sales, I’m sure you’ll continue in the same manner 🙂

  3. Congrats. You have motivated me. I am glad I came on your blog and checked it out. Going from full time worker to full time author is such a huge step, especially with the way books are being published nowadays. Congrats on your success and I am excited to follow you and see what is next on your list of many successful endeavors.

    1. Thanks Jamie, I’m so pleased you liked the article, and I wish you all the best for the future. I certainly haven’t regretted leaving my job to write full time.

  4. Totally awesome. I knew this publisher was a hot ticket, but I had no idea. This makes me want to write contemporary–there’s something very hot about it. Of course , it does depend upon the book’s quality.

    1. Thanks Chris, Bookouture changed my life, and I cannot praise them enough. I love writing commercial fiction, I think the trick is to produce something unique, that stands out from others in that genre. Of course, having a great publisher helps too 😉

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