Thursday, 13 February 2014

A big milestone ~ a quarter of a million sales!

Holy cow!

I've just totalled up and double checked my numbers to make sure, and as of this lunchtime I've sold over 250,000 copies of the Knight trilogy.

Book one launched on Nov 26th 2012, so that makes it fourteen months plus a week or two, which believe me has gone by in a blink.

I read over THIS BLOG POST  from back in January last year when I hit 20, 000 sales, and although life has changed quite a bit since then, I still have those exact feelings of 'oh my god' every morning when I wake up.

Things that have changed:

1) I can do spreadsheets! I really can! My heart will always belong to sparkly gel-pens, but Excel no longer scares me quite so much. Stats have become a part of my daily routine. I'm learning to love number crunching.

2) I've become more confident in myself. Book one felt like a fluke, but three books in and I now feel more settled and secure that I can write books that offer readers a pleasurable escape from every day life for a few hours.
I'll never write a booker prize winner. I'm cool with that. There's room and requirement for all of us.

3) When someone asks me what I do I can now say 'I'm a writer,' without mumbling into my collarbone or blushing. That didn't come easy.

4) I have an agent these days, which has been great for things I wouldn't have a prayer of doing myself, especially foreign rights deals and stuff like that.

5) Other good things happened too, like St.Martins press invited me to be part of their holidays program, and my books are all out now as audio books and paperbacks, as well as being available from lots of e-retailers besides amazon.

6) I've learned SO much about the ever-changing business of self publishing, most of which has been gleaned from other generous self publishers sharing their stats and knowledge in places like the kindle cafe. I'm continually in awe of the way that the indie community supports each other.
Knowledge is power,  and the indie writing community becomes more powerful every day by dint of its willingness to share.

7) I've officially become a 'hybrid author'.
Self publishing has helped to further my career as a traditionally published author too.
I had a romantic comedy novel e-published by Authonomy at HarperCollins in 2012, and adding the link to it in the back of each of my Knight Trilogy books has helped to push sales. Those encouraging sales figures and reviews have resulted in a three book paperback deal with Avon at HarperCollins, which warms my heart more than I can say.
I feel very lucky to be able to straddle the publishing fence - please don't let it ever cut me in half!

8) I hit the USA Today best selling list! Jeez, this was exciting. It happened during launch week of book two in May 2013, and I still stroke it when I see it on my business card.
8a) I have business cards. 

Things that haven't changed so much over the last year:

1) I still don't sleep so much, but when I do, I go to sleep thinking 'what can I do tomorrow to help spread the word?'

2) The oldest cat in the world is on course to become the actual oldest cat in the world. She's nineteen going on twenty, deaf as a post, cantankerous and yowls like a screech-owl, but she's still with us.

3) I remain indebted and in love with FB and twitter as my way to stay in touch with the most important people of all - the readers.

4) Formatting still makes me want to stick my head in the oven.

5) I still work around the needs of my kids, but my husband doesn't have to do that job that was half killing him anymore. He now gets to spend all day being bossed around by me and has become intimately acquainted with the washing machine, the cooker and the school run.

6) There's still Lego on the floor and hotwheels cars on the stairs. Life with kids is perilous, I'm just glad when we all make it to bed unscathed.

7) Excel is all well and good, but I'll always be a sparkly gel-pen girl at heart.

8) That kitchen tap doesn't leak anymore. It just needed a new washer. All that torture for 50p! I can still see the sky through that little hole in the roof though...

9) I still worry that this will all end tomorrow.

My plans for 2014 are taking shape now with the paperback launch of my first HarperCollins book in June, and a new duo of erotic titles in the self publishing pipe line.

So yeah. A quarter of a million sales. Thank you to every last person who has bought, read or recommended the books. I'd love to buy you all a drink.
I won't because I''d go broke, but know that I'd love to.

Kitty x






Monday, 13 January 2014

Blog Tour!

I'm going on tour this week to celebrate the release of the third and final book of the Knight Trilogy!

This is my first ever blog tour, thanks so much to the lovely ladies over at Love Between The Sheets for hosting it for me - you guys rock with your super organisational skills. :)



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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

One Crazy Month!

Well, Knight & Stay has been out for a whole month now, and it's safe to say that it's been an amazing, exciting few weeks!

It snook onto Amazon a couple of days earlier than planned, and once word got out it started to climb... and climb... and climb, all the way up to number 13 on Amazon on both sides of the pond.

Who said 13 is an unlucky number? Not me, that's for sure!


It also made the USA Today chart a couple of weeks back, so i can now officially say I am a USA Today best selling author, which makes me smile like a loon. :O) <--- That's me.



And as of now, I have a fabulous agent in New York! Things like this don't happen to me.

I'm really excited about what lies ahead for the Knight Series, more news as I have it!

Kitty xx










Saturday, 4 May 2013

Knight & Stay, OUT NOW!

BIG NEWS!

Amazon has  released Lucien early for bad behaviour!

KNIGHT & STAY IS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW, TWO WHOLE DAYS EARLY!



AMAZON US - CLICK HERE


AMAZON UK - CLICK HERE

COMING SOON FOR ALL OTHER E-READERS








Sunday, 28 April 2013

Knight & Stay - The official release date...

The official release date for the sequel to Knight & Play is officially set now for:


 Monday May 6th 2013


That's just one week away!

(Lots of people have asked about a pre-order option ~ there isn't one I'm afraid, self publishers aren't able to offer them. Don't worry though, I'll post the links on here as soon as the book is live. :O)


T-7 and counting...




Wednesday, 20 March 2013

40,000 sales milestone reached...

It's now sixteen weeks since Knight & Play first went on sale, and it has just passed the 40,000 paid sales milestone.

I started out with no expectation of how this was going to go, and it's fair to say that it's been an amazing few weeks!

Originally just available on Kindle, it's now also  out on Kobo, Nook, smash words, and it's coming to ibooks any day now.

Book two, Knight & Stay is coming in a few week time, and the roller coaster rides again!

I want to say a big, huge thank you to each and every person who has downloaded it, helped me promote it, and to the fab people on facebook and  twitter who make me laugh every day... this thing has completely taken over my life, and I LOVE IT.






Friday, 1 March 2013

Knight & Play now available on Nook & Kobo

Up to now, Knight & Play has only been available on Kindle.

Good news :O)

As of now, it's also available to buy for Nook & Kobo, and should be on ibooks within the week.

Yo'll find all the links on my books page.

*disclaimer* HOT READ! Read at own peril - don't sue me if it melts your Kobo!