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Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« on: March 17, 2013, 04:26:11 PM »
March 27th is my 2nd birthday as an indie writer!  ;D I started with this book and sold 27 copies my first month. This book started it's life on the traditional path. I had a hot shot NY agent (not my current agent) and the book was on submission. I ended up pulling it and walking away about 10 days later. Best decision of my life. I would have happily taken $30K for that book. I earned so much more than that from this series. Plus they wanted to make it into Percy Jackson meets Twilight. Ick. Ick. Ick. Short version, I took my ball and went home. Best decision I ever made.


To date, the DEMON KISSED series has sold over 25,000 copies and was my bread and butter until last summer when I started writing romance.

My first romance book ever - Scandalous hit the NYT and USA today bestseller list in Jan after sleeping for nearly 9 months. It was so weird. My fanbase was largely YA PNR, so when I started with romance I pretty much had to start over.

I was shocked this book did that well. And a little embarrassed. Talk about writing your heart on your sleeve. Hee hee. SCANDALOUS getting so much attention really helped my other romance titles gain some momentum.

At the same time SCANDALOUS hit the bestseller list, I released the first book in a new serial THE ARRANGEMENT. I almost didn't write it. I mentioned it to my editor and got a raised eyebrow. I felt silly and back burner-ed it until Jan. I'm about to hit another milestone with this series. It's been out for about 10 weeks and is creeping up on 100,000 copies sold. It'll hit that mark by the end of the month.


If you've seen my posts, you know I was in shock that I sold 100,000 books this Jan. It took nearly 2 years to hit that goal. It's ten weeks later! And ppl bought another 100,000! It's the coolest thing ever! I have a new agent that gets me, sold some foreign rights, and have a new novel coming out next month. It's been a wild ride. It seemed like once I hit the point where I could quit my day job (I owned a swank photography studio - I shot the covers for the Demon Kissed and Bane series) that things really picked up momentum. I feel like a runaway train right now. I keep waiting to hit a wall, but so far so good. I've had my heart in my throat since Jan.

I just wanted to post this b/c its mind blowingly amazing. I NEVER ever thought I'd sell that many books. I thought if I busted my ass, maybe 8K? Yeah, I had no idea what I was getting into. Things I learned - its hard work, time consuming, and you need more than one book. Like the more the better. The title that hit the top of the list helped push new readers toward my other books. Those other titles made it possible for me to earn a really good living from this. My hero (can I say that ?) is Konrath. I remember reading his blog right before I pulled my MS. I was in the hospital with a pregnancy that was going horribly. I spent the past two years chronically ill. The baby was born and is fat and healthy. Check out the pudge. He's 18 months now. I can't get him to sit still for pictures to save my life.


Anyway, I used Joe as a benchmark/ goal for total sales for the past few years. I kept hoping to sell as much as him. I watched what he did, what worked, what didn't. I read so much stuff, tried things that worked, tried things that didn't. (Last march I tanked my sales. That was fun.) Anyway, this month I passed Joe's sales stats! Whoop! Whoop! Talk about thing that I never thought would happen. Like ever.

To date I have 30 titles ranging in price from 99 cents to $4.99. Free didn't work for me. Total fans combined are around 70K (FB, Twitter, email list, blog followers, GR, etc). I've been doing giveaways, but switched to SASEs b/c there were too many ppl requesting and it took over a day to send everything out. The PO Box is full, but the coolest thing is that these ppl are sending me hand written letters! They're stuffed in the envelopes.

The first time I opened one and saw a letter, I nearly cried. Since then, I've gotten tons of hand written notes. Some of them are pages long, thanking me for writing, telling me how my books touched their lives and helped them through some tough times.

Can I say OMG? OMG! I did the SASE to save time. I ended up writing every single one of them a letter back. I can't not answer them, not when they're writing stuff like that.

Anyway, I just wanted to share. I finally found a good niche for me, a job I'm good at, and the perfect place for an introvert. :D Chubs is crying. TTYL

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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2013, 04:31:15 PM »
Very awesome story, Holly!

And awwww at your little 'pudge'. Just gorgeous   :)  :)

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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2013, 04:31:43 PM »
Well done!

It's freezing cold here in Melbourne today and your story warmed my heart!

For The Arrangement - is the 100,000 copies the total across the books you have out in the series or just the first one?

Again, good work and keep going!

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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2013, 04:34:32 PM »
Holly, this is amazing! I'm so thrilled for you! Really, really thrilled. You're living the dream. I wish you not thousands, but millions of sales in the future. And the pudge is seriously utterly adorable.  :)

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ETA: Our indie birthdays are almost the same, my second is around the 27th/28th of March too.
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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2013, 04:36:21 PM »
Thank you so much for posting that. I needed some inspiration today, and you just provided it. Congrats on your success.  :)

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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2013, 04:41:47 PM »
Your stats are insane. Incredibly inspiring. It's funny to think authors who are getting their starts in a digital world are still getting hand written fan mail, but the contrast just kind of makes that even more awesome.

Congrats on the success!
One day there shall be books here!

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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2013, 04:45:54 PM »
The pudge is awesome cute! Your story incredibly inspiring. May you continue to have magical sales.

Thanks so much for sharing.  :)
                

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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2013, 04:46:18 PM »
Thank you for posting all that! Very inspiring! :)

A big congrats on your success! :)
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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2013, 04:50:03 PM »
Congratulations on your family and your career!
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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2013, 04:51:32 PM »
Thanks for sharing your wonderful story... and the photos of your gorgeous little boy.  :)

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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2013, 04:54:30 PM »
Holly, heartfelt congratulations. Your story is so inspirational. Thank you for sharing it with us -- both the amazing turns of events as it happened, and in this narrative that puts the whole thing into perspective.

The Pudge is one of the cutest babies I've ever seen. Holy cow. How d'ya like that foot, little guy?  :)


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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2013, 05:01:20 PM »
Major congrats, Holly. With the writing and the beautiful little fellow---you've got life by the tail now, girl!

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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2013, 05:03:06 PM »
What a cutie!!
You're awesome, and your story is better still! Congrats!


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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2013, 05:13:39 PM »
Disappointed.  I only opened the thread to see how much you got for the baby.

But congratulations on selling books and getting letters and whatnot.

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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2013, 05:20:27 PM »
Congrats! The SASE has helped me with autographed books, because it takes SO long to package and ship stuff out, and after so many bookmark requests, I think I might have a limited time offer of SASE.

and lol I thought you sold the baby, too (based on the subject line) Cutie pie!

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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2013, 05:22:22 PM »
Congratulations, Holly and may your books continue to have great success. You are such an inspiration!

Pudge is a cutie!

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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2013, 05:31:38 PM »
Very awesome! Happy Anniversary!

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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2013, 05:36:00 PM »
Awesome story. Thanks for sharing.
And well done!! It's really inspiring.
And cute baby.

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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2013, 05:36:36 PM »
Congratulations!!! That's just awesome...

And the baby is sooooo cute!  :D

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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2013, 05:43:42 PM »
and lol I thought you sold the baby, too (based on the subject line) Cutie pie!

LOL! Damn comma!

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Re: Milestone: 2 Years of Writing, 200,000 books sold + a baby
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2013, 05:45:54 PM »
Amazing success story, and a gorgeous bub! Congrats on both! My little girl is around the same age, lots of fun but so BUSY BUSY BUSY!

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« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2013, 05:47:07 PM »
Congratulations. That's awesome. :) The success AND the baby.

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« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2013, 05:48:03 PM »
Congratulations, Holly.  It's well deserved success.  You've done everything right.  You're covers are fantastic, and I know from your posts you've put a lot of effort into finding effective methods of advertising and promotion.  

Now don't let up! This is no time to sit back and relax!

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« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2013, 05:54:49 PM »
Congratulations, Holly!! What a wonderful journey. And the bub is gorgeous.
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« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2013, 05:56:21 PM »
Wonderful success story on never giving up! Congrats to you, Holly.  LOVE the chubby baby pic! I kept thinking while reading this..OMG, she wrote all those books while a toddler was running around? *boggles the mind*  :o


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