Thursday, September 22, 2011

Someone Broke my Record

And I'm actually quite happy! Since Celestial Dragon made its debut in 2006, the sci-fi futuristic romance has held the record for the most sold within the first two months. She had an incredible run since she's held that record for five years. Wow. It amazes even me.
But I'm glad to report that Mary McCall's Highland Captive has broken that record and with astounding sells. I'm both relieved and jealous. Yeah, I'll admit to a bit of jealousy. On the other hand, it was always disconcerting to have a best selling book and have no idea how.  Folks always wanted to know my secret. My only secret was timing. Yep, timing.

So many things fell into place at once. First, I won a three-day author chat at Romance Junkies, and I talked non-stop with readers asking tons of questions. It was a blast. That was before the loops were saturated with more writers than readers.

Secondly, my RWA chapter provided great support. They all bought a copy within the same week which put Celestial Dragon on the map at Fictionwise. Back then, you could rise pretty quickly on the charts just with a few sales as long as those sales were all on the same day and other books in the same genre weren't selling. (Keep in mind this was right after Christmas) And of course, once it had a high ranking on the chart, it was on the front page for all to see.

Thirdly, I think it had a killer title. I have to thank a critique partner for suggesting the title. And my publisher came up with a great tagline. I'd offered one, and she and the artist trimmed it.

Other things fell into place as well. Small but all geered toward one outcome. Sales. So - now I have a new goal. To reclaim my best selling position. Mwhahahah. Come on, Mary. Tell us your secret.


AstonWest said...

Good recap! If there was a secret recipe to great sales, someone would have sold a million copies of the book that tells us. :-)

TKToppin said...

I'm still giving you my congratulations! And yes, killer title, indeed!

Linda Kage said...

Ooh, I do like that tagline. Here's looking forward to new writing challenges in your life!

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Congratulation to all those bestselling authors. it takes work and we all know that

January Bain said...

Good post. Timing is as important as great writing which you obviously backed that great title up with!

Ciara Gold said...

Thanks all. Sorry I'm late in responding. My blog week fell during homecoming week at school so yeah, timing was off with that one.