First things first: I sent The Good Father to my editor and agent last night. Yeah! There’s no better feeling than typing The End. Now I wait for the revision letter and get ready for NEXT WEEK’S publication of The Midwife’s Confession! Wow, that crept up on me fast. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Remember, you can read an excerpt on my website. And of course you can also preorder it! Judging from the early reviews, I am 99.9 percent sure you’re going to love it. I’ll be doing another online booksigning as I did for The Lies We Told last year, (because I’ve almost forgotten how absolutely insane it made me to sign all those bookplates! Worth every twinge of the writer’s cramp, though…)
Now what do I mean by my subject heading? The last couple of years, my books have been warmly welcomed by readers in the United Kingdom and it’s been so much fun for me to reach a new audience and to hear from those readers by email and on Facebook. But, as you may know, I’ve e-published my older books myself–those books that are no longer available in print. Since I am in control of those books, I get to see a daily report of how they’re selling (unlike the sales of the e-books published through my publisher, which are only reported to me twice a year). Kindle sales reports are broken down into US sales and UK sales, and I’m finding the different tastes between the two markets fascinating. . . even if I can’t say I understand it. Here’s what I mean:
In the US, Secret Lives is by far the most popular of my five available titles. The Escape Artist is second, followed by Brass Ring, Fire and Rain and last, Reflection. The fact that Secret Lives is first doesn’t surprise me. It was the first book I published as an e-book, so it’s had the longest word-of-mouth promotion. And–forgive my immodesty here–it’s a really good story.
In the UK, however, Reflection, is by far the number one seller (and I have to tell you, my UK readers are going to town with their Kindles!). Secret Lives is second, with the other three books neck and neck for 3rd, 4th and 5th place. I would love to understand the dynamic here. Why would a relatively quiet book set in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country be such a big seller in the United Kingdom? Don’t get me wrong–I’m delighted! But I’m also curious.
Putting my old books up as e-books has been such a treat, and I’m not just talking about the extra income. I’ve gained so many new readers through these books and have heard from long-time Chamberlain readers who’ve been trying to track them down unsuccessfully for years. I’m going to experiment sometime in the next few months with making Secret Lives available again in print, as soon as I have the time to learn how to do so through CreateSpace. I’ve heard from many of you who want to read the older books but still love your hard copies, so I’ll see what I can do. In the meantime, what’s your best guess as to the UK vs US popularity of Secret Lives and Reflection?