When my new book, Tales of the Were: Rocky came out on Christmas Eve, I didn’t have a lot of expectations for it. I was just happy to finally get it out and have people be able to read the story that had been sitting on my hard drive since sometime in 2006, when it was placed on the figurative “back burner” while my publisher asked that I work on other things.
I spent some time this Fall spiffing it up and decided to self-publish it as a way to get it out fast and easily. Sort of as a little present to the readers who have been waiting for it for so very long. I didn’t really have any thoughts as to how it would be received other than by the loyal readers who have asked me about it from time to time over the years. People knew it existed, but they also knew I was committed to other projects. It was a no-win situation until I realized I could put it out myself and avoid the beurocratic delays inherrent in the publishing business.
So it’s out. And it’s performing so far beyond my expectations, it’s actually funny. I can only think its success is a little holiday gift to me from the universe — or maybe it’s just a gift from my Mom, who I truly believe is up in Heaven watching and laughing right along with me as I follow these stats. Either way, it’s very welcome and incredibly humbling. Last night, the book achieved something I have NEVER seen before with any of my books… it hit #1 on one of the Amazon category lists. In this case, the Paranormal Fantasy list.
I don’t expect it to stay in that rarified air very long, but it is really sweet while it lasts. I am honored, flabbergasted and so very appreciative. I can’t even describe how this feels. It’s kind of amazing. All these years of work and worry and sacrifice… it feels really gratifying to move one small step upward on the little ladder by which I measure success in this crazy writing business. I know it’s probably not much of a big deal to other writers, but to me… well… it’s very, very special. And it’s something I wanted to commemorate here on my blog, so I could always go back and look at the image and remember that special feeling that I have now.
All right. I know I’m a sentimental sap. You can all ignore me. I’ll just sit over here and pet the monitor and grin.