Have you heard about FIRE IN THE WOODS? Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

Wow. Just Wow. What an emotional roller-coaster I have been on.

Project2When you get a book published, you have all these dreams and fantasies—how good it will do … How people will rave about it … How fans will clamor for more.

Project1But in reality, while all authors HOPE this will happen, in the back of our heads, we know the chances are slim.

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.

Fire-in-the-Woods-Cover 3DThen, 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.”

PKO_0001147I was thrilled beyond belief. It didn’t matter to me (and it really didn’t) that the sales numbers weren’t huge. People were liking my book. It was a great feeling.

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.

Missing Piece of Cake2Then 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.

PKO_cheer20007376Within a week, FIRE was #5 in Teen/Aliens in the UK, and held in the top 20 for nearly a month. (And is still in the top 50) Yay!

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.

Jess & David Double base BASE ONLY coverEvery little blip from a fan means more to me that you can imagine … and makes me want to type the sequels faster.

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.



29 responses to “Have you heard about FIRE IN THE WOODS? Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

  1. Awesome! I finished it just this week and I have to say… it’s up there! Well done!

  2. Congrats! Such great positive feedback! Hope it keeps snowballing!

  3. Congratulations Jennifer. That’s wonderful.

  4. Congratulations, Jennifer. So happy for you. 🙂

  5. Awesome news, Jennifer!

  6. So glad to hear that the momentum is building for you! And also so not surprised to learn that so many others are enjoying the story, too. 🙂 Celebrate those accomplishments, tomorrow!

  7. Wonderful news. Out of this world! Oops. A pun. 😀 😀

  8. So, so thrilled for you!!!

  9. It’s been really fun following along with this process. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations!

  10. EMEGHERD! You’re famous!
    Congratulations. Well deserved. 😀

  11. Congrats!! That’s wonderful to hear!

  12. I’m thrilled this had been a dream come true for you. The story in Fire in the Woods rings with an authentic voice and theme.
    Yes, I’m ready for the sequel. I will blog it, tweet it and scream about it from the rooftops. Good to know that word of mouth thing really works. Remember, if the story didn’t rock, no one would be talking.
    In short, you are a successful published author. How’s the view up there?