Wow. Just Wow. What an emotional roller-coaster I have been on.
When FIRE IN THE WOODS released September 23, there was an initial rush (I use that word mildly – a rush of about a dozen) people buying my book. This is always to be expected. Then you find out what the book industry is really like.
[insert cricket chirping sound bite]
Yeah, you guessed it. After the first few days, despite the great reviews, FIRE tanked.
I was okay. I just pulled up my big-girl britches and moved on. After all, I had another contracted novel to write.
Then, by a stroke of luck, Month9Books had a birthday and to celebrate, they offered all their ebooks for $.99. FIRE IN THE WOODS was one of the better sellers that day. Again, not monumental sales by any means. But I was told to sit back, relax, and let the book speak for itself.
I didn’t know what that meant until two days later, when the power readers finished my book.
Social media started to buzz:
“Couldn’t put it down.”
“Stayed up late to read it.”
“Finished in one sitting”
“Omisogh, I neeeed book two like, now!”
“One of my Favs.”
“I need more Jess and David in my life.”
It didn’t really occur to me, though, that OTHER PEOPLE were reading those social media posts as well.
I couldn’t believe it—but two days AFTER THE SALE had ended the numbers rose. Exponentially. And those people finished in a few days. And they, too, felt strongly enough to take to Twitter, and Facebook, and Instagram, and Goodreads.
The coveted “word of mouth” was rolling. And I could barely keep up with it.
Then the proverbial icing slathered itself all over my purple alien-colored cake. British booktuber @benjaminoftomes picked FIRE IN THE WOODS to read for his Goodreads Book Club. A mind-boggling amount people joined.
After a few weeks, FIRE started climbing up in the SciFi/Dystopian ranks in the US, and is holding pretty steady in the Teen/SciFi top 100 now, with daily momentum.
I can’t thank everyone enough for all the posts, tweets, reviews, pictures of yourself with the book, picture of my book “in the woods” and pictures of my book with your snacks. It’s YOUR enthusiasm that has brought FIRE IN THE WOODS to life.
Because someone is out there, waiting to find out what happens with Jess and David.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.