Halloween started like any other day. I was grateful we had good weather, that the wind from the night before had died down and the skies were clear. Good, I thought, the little kids won’t be cold tonight.
I opened my e-mail and saw Harlequin had sent out the quarterly royalty statement, then popped over to the Harlequin Author Network to have a look. I knew I was close after my last statement, but this time I’d made it.
As of June 2018, I have sold 1, 014,796 books worldwide, including translations.
I pointed out that fact to my husband and we hugged. That, plus the numbers on the pages, was enough affirmation for the day.
For twelve years, since my first Harlequin book was published in September 2006, I have diligently written and published twenty-seven books and the sales numbers slowly added up until today when I can say I’ve sold a million books.
Now on to the rest of this Halloween like no other.
My husband and I bought over 600 pieces of candy to hand out last night. Because we live on a long straight street in a safe neighborhood, people bring their kids from far and wide on Halloween. We love seeing all the costumes, especially on the little ones, but also on the creatively minded older kids who come up with their own inventions. Nonstop children came to our door, sometimes in groups of twenty, others in a long stream of forty or more passed through. We were out of candy by 8:20 p.m. A new record!
Sometime around 8 p.m. I cried while handing out the goodies. Not because we were almost out of candy, but because of something my Publisher, Jane Porter from TULE, posted on my timeline.
I’d hit the USA Today Bestseller list with Their Christmas Miracle, last November’s Christmas book.
I’d had a hopeful plan in mind when I’d asked about taking a 99cent deal with Bookbub. TULE agreed to help support me on that plan, and last week I watched my sales soar (for me anyway) on Amazon, and the several other sites where the book was on sale.
I talked to friends and found out it takes a heck of a lot of books to sell in one week to make the cut, and my hope flickered a bit. I was still glad I’d tried.
I had planned to check the list first thing this morning to see if I’d made it, but Jane saved me hours and hours of wondering. I’d made the list!
God had a cute way of keeping me humble, too. (Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?) Well, the list writers did anyway. They misspelled my book title. “Their Christmas Miracles” they’d posted instead of Miracle. But the more I think about it, that title is spot on, because it sure feels like a miracle to me to be there. Add the book’s miracle and my personal miracle and, turns out they got the title right after all.
I’m still levitating with excitement, which makes it hard to write this blog, but I had to share! Now I’m off to update all my bios with USA Today Bestselling author.
Thanks for buying and reading my books!
Until next time, make it a great one,
USA Today Bestselling Author