I’ve been told that the having of something is not as great as the anticipation. I’m not sure if I really believe that. As a person, I want what I want and when I want it. This is the reason I am broke most of the time – I am extremely impatient!
So thus my books as well.
June 2017 I made the decision to write a novel in a kindle world. I chose Operation Alpha because I so loved the characters and the stories in the original series, Seal of Protection. That book, Protecting Joselyn, went on to be my best book to date staying in the top ten for six weeks. It stayed mostly in the 8-9 range with the occasional pop back up to six or seven. The last two weeks it would briefly dip into the 11-12 area for a few hours and I would think, ok, this is it. However, she would rebound again much to my delight.
Foolishly, I thought that having such a kick would garner enough attention that I could forego Kindle Worlds for my second book, Saving Olivia. KW books are controlled by Amazon and aren’t offered outside the US as well as not available to be sold in print. Thinking that I was doing what was best for my brand and my book, I proudly published it in September hoping it would take off as well.
Didn’t happen. Yes, it did have a tiny little pop on it’s first three days but maxed out in the 50s. I was disappointed.
It’s been said that Olivia is much darker, more intense than Joselyn and not everyone’s cup of tea. I admit, human trafficking is a hard subject to handle so I tried to remain optimistic. However, a thought wormed its way into my brain … Maybe there is no success without riding on the coattails of a Kindle World.
I decided to test this theory and put my next book in the Team Cerberus series back into Kindle World. It was easy to do since I had already mentioned the antagonist in the other books and Annabeth was introduced in Joselyn. What came out was quirky, fun and just enough suspense to keep you on your toes. Yes, I’m proud of Annabeth. I think it’s one of my best offerings so far. Unfortunately, during Annabeth, my editor and I parted ways and I was left to get her ready on my own. I was stressed but confident I had a great book. Holding my breath, I sent my latest child out into the big bad world.
When I sent out Joselyn, I did so on an off week. That means I published her outside of a large KW release. For Annabeth, I tried the massive release route and joined 12 others on January 23. On top of that, I had issues with Amazon holding back my book and so it wasn’t ready when the others were. My book didn’t hit available until several hours after the others (they actually went live on the 22nd where Annabeth didn’t go until the afternoon of the 23rd).
I watched the sales figures for hours that first day, waiting to see lightening strike. It didn’t. She debuted in the top 100 Kindle World Romance but stalled out in the 80s. I waited…
Finally, after 5 days, it occurred to me that I had my fifteen minutes of fame with Joselyn. She was my big moment and I was not going to see a repeat again. I was washed up. A has-been who never was. Finished. Kaput.
On the sixth day, I remembered I hadn’t checked her progress in hours and when I went there, I was shocked.
Rescuing Annabeth was at number 4.
Wait. What happened?
I sat here with my mouth hanging open. I waited an hour to see the refreshed list and if she was still at number 4. Nope.. number THREE…
The best Joselyn ever did was four and only for a couple of hours.
I felt elated. Relieved. Vindicated.
Over the course of the next three weeks, I’ve watched my girl dig her nails into that top five spot and hang on for dear life. She’s slipped a few time and fell to number eight a time or three, but always bounced back up into the top five. It’s now been almost five weeks since her release and she’s still in the top five.
I haven’t seen the sales figures yet for January since Kindle Worlds doesn’t show sales until thirty days later. They will come out on Wednesday. I’m not sure what I’m hoping to see since the sales weren’t that great the first week and only hit the last few days of January. No matter the numbers, it’s a win because it restored my faith in my ability.
Now, I’m finishing out a story for another anthology. Unlike the last one, Defending Demma, I won’t be pulling characters from my series. This time, a shy awkward nerd and a hot alpha male cop work together to figure out a mystery and fall in love along the way. Harmony in the Key of Murder will be coming out in a few months. Stay tuned here for more information.
On the Cerberus front, Claiming Miley (tentative title) will be coming out this summer. It’ll be Cowboy’s story. I’m probably going to put it back into KW again. The only problem is the story I have in mind doesn’t have a clear “in” to the Operation Alpha world. I’m sure by the time I get ready to start it, I’ll have a better idea.
In the meantime, I need to get back to it. Harmony and Hunter are about as impatient as I am. They want their story done!