I was sitting on the sofa last week, with Netflix and Twitter – as you do.
And a pal tweeted me, to let me know that Goodbye Newsroom was sitting at #1 in a ‘Girls Women Fiction’ category on Amazon! (Thanks Kath).
As you can imagine, I was stunned. It was wonderful news that I couldn’t quite wrap my head around.
Goodbye Newsroom remained number one (in that small category, on Amazon AU, but hey, who am I to talk it down?) over the weekend, then sat at number two for a while, then in the top ten … and downwards it went.
Of course, I know there’s a lot of competition on Amazon and didn’t expect to remain visible on the list for too long. I published this book myself; I have no backing from a traditional publishing house and its marketing team. My book hasn’t been reviewed by any mainstream media (yet … fingers crossed).
Now, Goodbye Newsroom is dipping up and down on the sales list rollercoaster. A few days ago, the novel was somewhere around 50 in that Girls + Women category, today it’s back up to number 22.
What blew my mind even more was: at the same time it first became #1 in the ‘Fiction about Girls and Women’ category, it was #72 in romantic comedy. Romantic comedy – featuring greats like Graeme Simsion and Marian Keyes, and hot sellers like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine! Romantic comedy, with publishers and agents around the globe pushing their writers very hard.
I guess some of the Goodbye Newsroom results go back to how hard I’m promoting the book in other spaces, and when my readers remember + have time to download it.
THANK YOU to those of you who have downloaded the novel, or shared and told others about it. I appreciate every second of the support.
If you’re reading it, or about to, or you’re interested in it – please mention that in your Twitter, Instagram or Facebook feeds using #GoodbyNewsroom.
Author and PR consultant.