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29 July 2012 @ 09:14 am
Lovers in Arms - first month summary  

Lovers in Arms has been out for a little more than a month by now, and I finally feel calmer about the whole thing.

The initial sales seem to have gone quite well, even though I don't have access to any figures (yet). But looking at the sales ranks on ARE and amazon.com, it seems the book has sold at least some copies. After receiving a kind five-star review on ARE, sales picked up again and even pushed the book to the fifth-best selling position, if only for a day. Since then, it dropped significantly. ^^

On the other hand, the versions up for sale on smashwords and Barnes&Noble seem to have been largely ignored. No clue why.

Now all that remains is to wait and see if the book picks up some steam by word-of-mouth or not.

Speaking of reader reactions - the book's Spreewald parts have just the other day been compared to the baroque, fluffy romances of Dame Barbara Cartland. I know it was meant as a negative, but damn hell, I was grinning like an idiot here on my side of the net.

I mean, I still feel like an impostor for daring to take money for one of my stories. I don't see myself as an artist, God no, just as some guy who has fun writing smut and hoping that the readers will like it. When I told friends and family that I sold a novel, a common reaction was 'So you want to be the next Nabokov?' (or some other famous, 'serious' author) and my answer was invariably: 'No, but I really hope to be the next Barbara Cartland.' (It gets funnier when you keep in mind that I look, well, not lady-like at all.)
You can imagine how I felt when the 'weak' parts of my novel were compared to her style.

In other news, I'm through with the difficult parts of Bora-Bora. It really drags me down to write despair, and the first parts had more than enough of that. But I'm past the turning point now, and from now on it's going to go fast. Yay!