A surreal weekend. As I write these words, Sam’s Song is in the top fifty of Amazon’s book chart, at number five in the private detective chart. Although authors dream of these heights, I never pictured myself there; it all seems very bizarre.
And the path to this position has been a fraught one too, with rejections along the way from readers and people in the book industry. Especially from people in the book industry. To be honest, there is an element of satisfaction in proving these people wrong. That’s a natural reaction and nothing to be ashamed of. But the greater satisfaction comes from rewarding the people who have backed me and continue to back me with their advice and support. And I must mention my readers of course, the people who have taken the time and trouble to read my books and leave wonderful reviews. With all the above, you know who you are, and if you slot into the supporter or reader category, I can’t thank you enough. All authors are different, we all write for different reasons. For me, the greatest reward comes from the knowledge that there are people out there who enjoy reading my books. That thought produces a fantastic feeling, so once again many thanks to my readers.
What next? Is it possible to reach even greater heights? Maybe. The path to this point has been a zig-zag one to say the least, and maybe that will be true in the future as well. But, for the moment, I see a straight line, a clear direction. And after years of struggle that is a relief. And a closing word for fellow authors: if I can reach the top fifty, you can too; all it takes is determination, belief in yourself and, a key ingredient, luck.
A great weekend. Many thanks to everyone who made it possible.