It took some time, no pun intended, but it’s finally here. Next Time, the second book in my four book Time for Love series was released this week. It’s been out a whopping three days and I can’t believe what’s happening.
Every time I release a new book, I hold my breath and wait to see what the readers’ reactions will be. The stakes are higher for the release of Next Time. Not only do I have to live up to the standards readers came to expect after reading the first book, but I’m taking a huge risk in the book. I don’t want to get in to the specifics of that risk since I don’t want to create any spoilers for those of you haven’t read it yet, but it’s something that will leave fans reeling by the time the story comes to an end.
Besides worrying about disappointing readers, I also worry that no one is actually going to buy my new book. I don’t have any expectations that it will be a best seller, hopes maybe, but it would be nice if someone bought the book; anyone? Help me out here. One of the reasons I keep my prices so low, which nets me a minimal profit, is because I want to reach more readers. That’s why it’s always scary to offer a ninety-nine cent book and find that no one is reading it.
Needless to say that when Next Time came out on October 13th, I was a nervous wreck. I knew there was a loyal group of readers who had been waiting patiently since May to find out what was next for Justin and Chelsea.
At lunchtime on Monday, I took to my Twitter account to plug my new novel and you won’t believe what I found. I had one reader tweeting that she had planned for an early night but there was no way she was sleeping now that Next Time was out. Later, she tweeted the following: Honestly, this book exceeded my expectations by miles. I’m probably going to reread it 100 times. So happy.
She’s happy? If she’s happy than consider me ecstatic. I couldn’t believe that not only did someone run out and buy my book on its release day but she proceeded to sit down and read it one sitting.
I had another reader recently tweet she was halfway through and things were intense. Another reader tweeted she was so happy that Next Time had come out while still another reader tweeted she was already on page 205.
After reading all of these tweets, especially that first one about the book exceeding expectations, my first thought was that I’ve made it. Fans made a point of buying and then immediately reading my book as soon as it was available for sale. People are talking about my books on Twitter. People I don’t know. I never thought it would happen, but I’m that author! It’s a realization that’s as humbling as it is exciting and though it brings new fears of being able to keep fans happy I’ll take it.
You know why? Because I’m that author! And I have all of you to thank for that.