Well March is here and it’s time to check out the February Kindle sales figures. Actually they’re not too shabby: Devoted Sisters remained steady and Abiding Evil sold in the US (albeit only one, but you have to start somewhere ). Even better: Abiding Evil increased its sales in the UK.
It’s such an amazing feeling, knowing that your work has been chosen and is being read by these wonderful people out there in Kindle Land.
If you are one of those who bought either title, thank you SO much. I really do hope you enjoy the read.
On Thursday I started up a discussion thread on Amazon UK entitled ‘Why Do We Write?’ It’s a question that’s always intrigued me.
Even as a child I used to invent characters and write down their stories; sewing the hand-written pages together to make tiny books. Also, I am absolutely fascinated by the transference of ideas and images by the use of words: spoken or written. Those of us lucky enough to have an education often take writing and reading for granted, but they are such amazing and liberating skills. That the pixels on this screen are making my thoughts live in your head is impressive enough, but the fact that pixels on a screen/ ink on a page/ spoken sounds/ signing could also recreate in your head a version of a scene that has only ever existed in my imagination is quite wonderful. But the reading isn’t passive: each of us will ‘see’ something different.
In writing stories, and in reading them, each of us brings our own imagination to the process – a true meeting of minds.
So, for me, the answer to my own question would be that I write out of a love of imagining and story telling, and a desire to get the stories written down so that readers can create and enter into my imagined worlds.
What came up, from several contributors to the thread, was their absolute need to write their stories down – if only for their own mental health They spoke of characters filling their heads; characters whose stories demanded to be told. Strong stuff, but I understand what they mean.
Others wrote of the enjoyment of writing: the pleasure of finding out ‘what happens next’. Now that I can definitely relate to ;- )
Had to write to mark the day I’ve had my first book sale in the US
Until now, with no US distributor, my publisher hasn’t been marketing over the pond at all but now, thanks to e-formats (gawd bless ’em), the world is my mollusc!
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Hi, Alison Buck here.
I’ll be using this blog to talk about my books: published and still in development. I’ll, like as not, rant on a bit about this and that as well, but don’t let that put you off
If you’re one of the lovely people who have already bought and hopefully read either Devoted Sisters or Abiding Evil I’d really welcome your comments. Obviously I hope you enjoyed the read but, if you didn’t, be kind and perhaps tell me (gently please) where it went wrong for you. Having said that, any praise of either title is, of course, very welcome!