It’s been a little over a week since I released my debut novel, Salep and Ginger. HAVE YOU READ IT YET? If so, I’d love to hear from you! If not, get at it!
Once the nausea subsided I was able to take in everything that was happening – it was all terribly exciting! Again I had to learn that it is a process, sales can take time, but of course I was rather impatient with all the waiting. Between you and me, I’ll admit that I kept refreshing my “reports” until IT happened. I had actually sold a book. Someone had paid real money to purchase it. I was now officially a published author!
Now for the self-flagellation. Salep and Ginger is not as polished as it should’ve been. It needed to go back to my editor one final time but I had delayed and amended so many times that it kind of became “now or never”. If I didn’t hit that publish button, I probably never would. So I know there were a few indentation issues and strange blocks of bold font throughout (and I still can’t work out how to correct it). I also found a few typo’s post-publishing. I nearly cried (and threw up again) because that meant I had to go back into the editing program and let me tell you I did NOT want to do that. The process of “creating” the book made me more than a little certifiable. I’m certain that the good people at Kindle thought I had lost the plot a few times over those last few days before publication.
But then I woke up on Monday to find that Salep and Ginger was ranked #2 in “Hot New Releases” in Erotic Romance and it got to #14 in that same category on Amazon UK’s site. Now that is exciting (and all without any reviews!).
And then I got my first actual review from a paying customer – and they left 5 stars! Woo hoo! Leaving a review is so important to boost the book (and my self-confidence) so if you are one of those who have read Salep and Ginger please take a moment to leave an honest review (if you can).
So what does happen next? Right now I’m going to go back to my regular (or somewhat irregular) programmed viewing aka an occasional blog post and get cracking on my next novel, tentatively named “Kiz Kalesi”.
Again I want to give each and every one of you a big shout out, I couldn’t have done any of this without you guys believing in me.
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Congrats on your first Book!!
You may not remember me, but we went to primary school together all those lifetimes ago.
BTW, it was Beth who told me about your book. 🙂
Hey darl, of course I remember you. We were a great little clique. Hope you are fabulously well. Inbox me your email. I’ll send you a note.
There’s nothing like holding the first copy of your book…YOUR book…in your hands.
Except, perhaps, lots and lots of sales. 🙂
Absolutely loved your book! I’m such a sucker for a good romance novel, and the comedy you mixed with it was brilliant! I didn’t want it to end. Well done! Looking forward to the next one.
Sorry I’m super late to the party! But I just got it on Amazon Kindle, and now a few months later I was pleased to see it has a solid four stars on Amazon!!! Congrats, I’m so happy for you, and can’t wait to dive in!