Posts Tagged: bestselling
My first thriller ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN has come of age. It was first published 18 years ago this month! This book is very special to me because we’ve been on a quite a journey over that time. It’s been responsible for a lot of firsts in my writing career:
- First book I wrote.
- First published book.
- First mass paperback release.
- First book to be translated.
- First book to sell a 100,000 copies.
When I look over my writing career, this book has been the one that kept me career moving on to the stage. Although first published by a small publishing house, it picked up a lot of good trade reviews which gave me some legitimacy as a writer. That resulted in the book picking up a contract with a New York publisher. When the NY publisher folded during the credit crunch, it was the book to reboot my career I relaunched it as an ebook. The sales success of the ebook resulted in an 8-book deal with a new publisher and a new edition. And if it weren’t for that 8-book deal, I wouldn’t have the success with other books. Wherever I examine my writing career, invariably it all stems back to ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN.
This book about obscure facet of the insurance industry changed my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for it. I will forever be in this book’s debt.
If you’d like to learn more about the book, you can learn more here.
I sold my 1,000,000th book with my current publisher, Thomas & Mercer. It’s the product of determination, timing & luck. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. Two million is a long way off so I need everyone to get cracking.
Categories: shelf life
June has quite a few bargain books for you to enjoy. Here they all are!!
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Zoë and Holli’s Vegas road trip goes wrong when they’re abducted. Zoë escapes leaving Holli behind. A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a murder that eerily resembles her abduction. Her attempts to find justice for Holli brings her to the attention of the “Tally Man.” For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.
NO SHOW: Englishman Terry Sheffield has just arrived in San Francisco to start his new life with Sarah, a journalist he married after a transatlantic love affair. When she never shows up at the airport, Terry discovers she’s on the run from a killer with a grudge. To find her before the killer does, Terry realizes she’s very different from the woman he thought he married. FUN FACT: The day I arrived in the US inspired this book.
ASKING FOR TROUBLE: The road to crime begins with a single decision—the wrong one. Not every decision belongs to the criminally minded. Some belong to the ill-informed, the weak and the plain unlucky. In these tales, trouble isn’t an indiscriminate force of nature. It’s a manmade occurrence that comes when called upon.
I sincerely hope you’re tempted to pick these up. I don’t think you’ll be sorry. Enjoy!!
Categories: shelf life
Being an author used to mean living in the dark times. It could take almost a year before I saw a sales statement for a particular book. But thanks to improved technology, I know how many books I’m selling in real time (not quite but pretty close) and more importantly, I know WHO is buying my books (drone technology…don’t be afraid). And that’s where I got a little shock. Canadians don’t really buy my books. I sell more books in Germany than I have in Canada and I don’t get that. We have so much in common! We aren’t afraid to use the letter U in words like colour, valour, etc. We both celebrate Boxing Day. I know that Saskatchewan is a province and not a sound Canadians make when they sneeze. Frankly, we are pretty much family. So what’s going on, Canada?
Rather than turn my back on my Canadian family, I want to do something about the situation. I know there are some Canadians out there who read my ramblings on a regular basis, so I turn to you, my friends to the north, for help and advice. Simply put, what should I do to change the situation? How do I become more enticing to Canadians? Who should be reviewing my books? Who should I be blackmailing? Let me know.
I know I have Canadian readers out there, so I do have a task for you. I want you to go up to a fellow Canadian—it can be a friend or family member or even a complete stranger—and say, “Have you read Simon Wood? No, well you should. I suggest you read (insert favourite title here).”
Now this may sound a little culty, but that’s okay. Cults aren’t all bad…I don’t think. Let’s not worry about that for now and focus on the important part—and that’s finding a Canadian readership. Look, I have faith in my Canadians and together we can do it. You don’t want the Germans to beat you on this score, do you?
Categories: shelf life