|Posted by kirstymoseley on January 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM|
As 2013 begins I feel I should try to reflect on the craziness of 2012.
I don’t really know where to start – it was certainly a busy one for me, and one that was totally unexpected.
The beginning of the year was spent editing – which was torturous enough in itself to be honest, and was enough to drive me out of my mind. But then, in April, I took the plunge and self-published my first novel (The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window). Self-publishing in itself was a feat, being that I’m a technical airhead, but somehow I bumbled my way through.
On April 29th The Boy Who Sneaks officially went on sale on Smashwords and Kindle, quickly followed by iBooks and other ereaders.
Now, if I’m honest, I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting much in the way of sales. Due to my fan base at Wattpad.com I guesstimated maybe a couple of hundred sales in total.
I was wrong.
The sales of it have shocked me to the core, and is something that I never would have predicted in a million years.
To date, The Boy Who Sneaks has sold over a hundred and ten thousand copies of the ebook, and almost four thousand copies of the paperback on Amazon. (Even as I write those figures it still boggles my mind!)
Other than actual figures The Boy Who Sneaks has also achieved some incredible things in the eight months that it’s been published for. It got to number one in the iBooks romance chart in Australia, number four in the UK and Canada, and number six in the USA. And yes, I did squeal when I saw that!
It also got to the final round of the Goodreads choice awards 2012 under the young adult category. Seeing my book nominated alongside New York Times Bestsellers is something that I won’t be forgetting… ever!
Most of my success of The Boy Who Sneaks have been down to my fans at Wattpad that supported me in my publishing endeavours, and also Apple and their merchandising team, and also Mark Coker from Smashwords.
Apple’s merchandising managers actually selected The Boy Who Sneaks as one of their ‘Best Books of 2012’ in the romance category in the UK. It was also featured as ‘Book of the Week’ in Australia during the third week of December.
Following the success of my first novel, I decided to publish another novel that I had written, titled Always You.
After another bout of editing, several headaches, and numerous hissy fits at my laptop, it was finally ready.
Always You was published on October 31st. It has also done incredibly well. So far, after two months of publishing, it has sold over forty-two thousand copies of the ebook.
Again, the people at Apple, and Mark from Smashwords gave me a little hand and sprinkled a little promotion on it as it was released. As a result, Always You hit number one on the iBooks chart in three countries (UK, Canada and Australia) and number three in the USA.
Both stories continue to shock me every day. Just writing this out scares me a little. Actually, it still doesn’t seem real that this time last year I was considering publishing, and a year on all of that has happened.
I have no idea what will happen in 2013. After getting it so completely wrong for 2012, I won’t even hazard a guess – I’ll just hang on in there and see what happens!
I want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all of those that have supported me. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. So, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!
Happy new year, and may you all have health and happiness in 2013.