The Real Secret of Success

The last few weeks have proved one heck of a wild ride! Having just come off the huge launch of Melissa Foster’s third novel Come Back to Me at WoMen’s Lit Cafe (which included Wedlocked and 34 other great books in a 99cent promotion) I’m exhausted, overwhelmed and thrilled with the results! We launched on Nov. 1, and Wedlocked quickly ascended the ranks at Amazon, astonishing and delighting me (not to mention my husband!) with incredible sales figures. When the promotion ended on Nov. 3, I expected my numbers to return to “normal” but they didn’t. Instead, they continued to steadily climb and by Saturday night, Nov. 5, Wedlocked was a bonafide bestseller, reaching #43 on the top 100 bestsellers in literary fiction at Amazon. It even made it onto the charts of the top 100 in all literature.

Needless to say, my head has been reeling ever since. The main thought that goes through an author’s mind at a time like this is: What exactly is making this happen? This past week I had the distinct honor of becoming an Award-Winning Finalist in USA Book News’ “BEST BOOKS OF 2011.” That probably helped. And for the last several weeks, I’ve been a rabid Facebook poster, a Twittering madwoman, an assiduous website hound and much more. I’m sure a good deal of this busywork also played a part in helping to boost me, but I know there was one crucial, unmistakable thing responsible for making my dream come true. It was my fortuitous association with this group of WoMen’s Lit Cafe authors and our relentless cross promotion that catapulted Wedlocked into the stratosphere.

It is truly amazing what a team of diligent authors working together can accomplish. Our immense support for each other’s books, and more importantly for EACH OTHER made all the difference. I not only found a professional network, I unexpectedly found a supportive and generous literary family whom I welcomed with open arms. I truly believe it is this give and take among authors that is becoming the model for success in the indie literary world. It brought out my most selfless self, and along the way, I found my greatest success.

4 Responses

  1. Felicia Rogers Says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience. That is wonderful news on your continued success. Maybe next time I won’t be to late to participate. 🙂

  2. Patricia Sands Says:

    Well done Bonnie! I’ve been meaning to connect with you for a while on Melissa’s recommendation. Unfortunately I didn’t have my novel set up on Kindle in time to lower the price and join the launch. Next time!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Very good article. Thanks for sharing, Bonnie 🙂

  4. Jan Romes Says:

    Very good article, Bonnie! Thanks for sharing your success & how you achieved it 🙂

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