A word about 'The Secret Keeper.' I've unpublished it at Amazon and Smashwords because I have signed a contract with Harper Collins USA and it will be published as a Trade Paperback, under the William Morrow imprint, during the northern summer of 2013. And it will be re-released as an ebook as well. It's had over 40 five star reviews and sold 42,000 copies in nine months. So in time, it will be in all the major chains and independents everywhere, lots of foreign countries and translated into Russian and German!! They sent me an email out of the blue, so it does happen...
Wonderful news. How did you drive buyers to your book? Did you do anything out of the norm that most of us try?
Wow, that's wonderful. It's not often that you hear that someone just contacted you out of the blue. Must be a great book. Good luck.
Joining in with the choir of congratulations, that's so awesome :)
Thanks guys, it does feel great and at times a little surreal. I am deep in the rewrite after a line edit by my editor, the wonderful Carolyn Marino. Can't believe how much her suggestions strengthen it. And I am answering author questionaires and writing author bios and getting my head around it.
How did I drive buyers? usual stuff, forums and book sites, I sought out forums to do with the subject matter (music, violins, WW2, Holocaust, Jewish fiction etc.) I made it free on Smashwords for awhile and Amazon followed suit, then went back to paid and it started to get reviews. That was critical I think, once it got past 10 or 12 five star reviews the numbers of readers just started climbing. It got onto the Jewish Literature list and was #1 for several months, that drove readers too.
It is timing and luck as well. A woman who was a former literary agent read it and then immediately re-read it and said she hadn't done that in over 60 years of reading and working with authors. She spread the word and one of the people she spoke to at a writing conference was Carolyn Marino, a VP and Senior Editor at Harper Collins. Carolyn read it and emailed me.
One piece of advice I can give you is make it easy for readers to get in touch by using the back pages of your book. I have a last page that thanks them for taking the time, lists my other works with hyperlinks, and gives a contact email address if they want to be informed of new work. I get about 40 emails a day and it made it easy for Carolyn to find me.
I am going ebook this time. Not sure how much I can put on the back page. It sounds as if your book was outside the norm for today's YA; i.e. vampires and young romance. Mine is also different as it takes place in the 1930's during the great dust bowl in Oklahoma. Glad to see someone else trying to not only entertain but also to educate.
I'm not a writer, but congratulations, Julie.
Congratulations! Keep it up!