Ok, so I need to preface this by saying that NORMALLY I try not to brag. I don’t write books for a title, money or for any reason other than an absolute and consuming love for writing. It is in my blood. It is who I am and meant to be. I write because I must. Let’s face it…if I had to live with all of these voices shouting in my head I might be a bit loopy haha
So with that being said, there comes a time when an author MUST brag, but only for really special occasions. The other night just happened to be one of them. If you follow me on Facebook you probably already know (because everyone shared my pictured like mad!). If not, join me in a collective “wow, how the heck did you do that?” moment.
Let me show you what I mean. Insert exhibit A:
This is a screen shot that was sent to me by a friend in Australia two nights ago. This shows Evermore rated as #1 in top paid books…right in front of DIVERGENT and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.
Are you having that “How the heck did that happen?” moment yet??
Yeah…I did too. In fact, I was making dinner when my husband showed it to me and I was so shocked I didn’t say a single word. I just kept working on dinner haha Later he asked me “You’re really screaming on the inside, aren’t you?”
Yes…yes I was. And leaping for joy. Prancing like a prize pony. Beating pots and pans. Standing on the edge of my dock and screaming it to the world “I beat Divergent!!!!” Of course I didn’t really DO any of those things physically but you should have seen the party going on in my head that night!
And then it hit me. “I did this. My book did this.”
That was a profound moment for me. I could never have reached this far and this high without Mark Coker of Smashwords nor the amazing marketing team at iBooks, for whom I have mad love, but in that moment I realized that people liked my book not for their amazing marketing ability, but because of what I had written. People wanted MY book.
That realization is better than any title or pay check.
I write to entertain. To help people escape reality for a few short hours. To delve into a world where it’s ok to break all of the rules. Heck, it’s encouraged.
I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for your support. YOU are why I write. And a couple nights ago YOU helped me leap ahead of Divergent. That is a moment I will always cherish.