There were times when I was readying my novella for publication when I wondered whether it made sense to spend money on certain things–multiple rounds of proofing after a copy-edit, for instance–when everyone was telling me it wasn’t. I wondered whether it made sense to price the novella at 99 cents.
Every time I wondered what to do, I consulted my mantra: I needed to do what I thought would be best for my readers, because I believed if I took care of them, they would take care of me.
And my readers did. You read my book. You recommended it to friends. You wrote reviews and talked about it on Twitter. You broke my wildest expectations for the novella in pieces.
There were a handful of perfect storms that have taken place over the last few weeks–awesome reviews, incredible word of mouth, e-mails from Amazon. Every time I think my expectations can’t get any wilder, wild outdoes itself.
So here’s something I never imagined would happen, not even in my wildest most shameful author wet dreams of success: Unlocked is at #36 on the USA Today list, #6 on the New York Times ebook bestseller list, and #19 on the New York Times combined Print and E-book bestseller list (even though there is no print edition, and no, I don’t understand that either).
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you. I don’t know if the stars will ever align for me again in this manner, but if I have stars, it’s you–my readers. Your e-mails and your reviews and your buzz made this happen. Your support helped me gather the courage to take my career into my own hands. When writing gets hard, there are e-mails I have saved from readers that I pull up to remind myself why I’m doing this. When I wonder if I need to do one last revision pass, you’re the ones I think of.
You guys are the best. Thank you.