I was quite excited to discover today that I have now sold over 1,000 books on Kindle. I know this is very VERY small fry to some of you, but I’m really quite pleased with myself right now!
I’m especially pleased as I’ve had to put up with a lot of miserable sods since I first decided to publish my books myself with even people that I consider to be friends saying things like ‘I won’t buy a copy now – I’ll wait and see if other people think it’s any good first’, ‘Do you actually know anything about the French Revolution? Have you made it all up?’ and ‘You do realise that most self published books only sell about 10 copies and all of those will be to YOUR MUM’.
Which is nice.
Not to mention all the bizarre snobbery of people who told me that NO ONE will buy books written by people who didn’t go to Oxford or Cambridge (poppycock!) or who don’t live in London (nonsense!) and that I was DEFINITELY mistaken if anyone would want to read historical fiction written by someone who doesn’t have a History PhD.
So you’ll forgive me, I am sure, if I count my first thousand sales as an immense IN YOUR FACE to all the doubters and an even bigger THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who took a chance on a lowly Russell Group educated Art History graduate who lives well beyond the M25 and especially those who liked my books enough to leave a review. Thank you!
You can download a sample of both books and even look inside on the Amazon site before you buy AND you don’t even need a Kindle to read them, just a Kindle app on your phone or tablet thing. Also available at Barnes & Noble, with possible savings.
My third book, Before The Storm should be out by the end of the year and I am hard at work on the fourth, Minette. I find that I really love writing about the English Civil War so am thinking that my sixth book may well come back to it for a bit of a family epic. I’m thinking Downton. With beheadings.