First, thank you to everyone for everything- from the bottom of my heart!
I appreciate all the tweets and emails and notes last week. The support and encouragement. I was actually so overwhelmed by you all that I had to step away from my computer that day. I cried, I laughed, and I silently thanked each of you.
I promised I'd be honest with you guys on everything. But before I say anything else - I just want to say this.
I could not have done it without you guys - the bloggers and my online peeps. YOU made this book successful - not me. I could never have done this alone. YOU got the word out and YOU supported me. This community is amazing and I owe my great day to you. So thank you.
I hope my debut has shown each of you what one person can do on their own. That no matter what - DONT give up because there are many, many different paths you can take. And sometimes I know it might feel like you are on the wrong path or stumbling up the right path - but in the end - just know that we all take different routes and we all get there in different ways.
Some run up the path and don't even trip. Some walk slowly so they don't trip and then there are others - like me - who trained for the run, met all the right people, and tried to sprint it the fastest. Only to fall down, get back up, trip over a rock (how did that get there?) and tumble down again, get tripped by someone (you know who you are! ;) , and are pushed and stepped on. And then manage to still get on your feet and keep going.
That even through the scraped knees, sore muscles, and exhaustion - I never gave up. I kept getting up and I kept moving on. yes I cried. yes I yelled. I even cursed a few people (forgive me!) but one thing I did - was never let them convince me that my dream was over. I just redefined my dreams along the way. And last week - I took back control and made them mine again.
After all that - last week's successful debut was what I won in the end. So worth it. Because writing is never about the money or the fame. It is never about getting the biggest deal. Writing is about how I feel, my passion, what I have to say, and reaching goals for myself so I can grown. But most of all, I've made new friends over the last few months, I've seen how the industry can rally around someone, and those things have meant the most.
So - don't give up! You can do it - and when the path seems to lead to nowhere - maybe it leads someplace different and unexpected. You might have to do it on your own or with someone different but you can still do it. You might just have to step away from what you expected or thought it would be and be open to a different path and journey.
So here are some stats for my first week. I wasn't going to share them but I promised you all in the beginning of this journey that I would take you to the end with me - if you followed along. And I don't go back on my word. (I'm not sure if these # are totally final because some of the reporting lags but it's what I know so far.)
In my first week - I sold about 250 copies of Untraceable.
51 other formats
Am I a Bestseller? no. Am I rich beyond belief - uh hardly. But my little book that everyone said would go nowhere, did really good :)
Considering a few big name authors I know sold about 1,000 copies their first week, my little book did damn good and I'm proud of Untraceable.
Other wins for Untraceable
- ebook debuted at #10 in Amazon's Hot new ebook releases
- it made #44 in ebooks for children/action and adventure
- the paperback made in the the top 100 for fiction action and adventure
The winners of the Prelaunch Party for getting the word out are:
You may each choose from one of these prizes and email me at shelli@srjohannes.
- A stack of new bestselling hardbacks (YA)
- A 1 hour consulting session with me for free (can be on writing, indie pubbing, marketing, etc)
- Query critique (MG or YA)
Thank you to everyone! I hope you enjoy my book and please email me anytime.