Friday, 29 July 2011

Spalding’s ‘Life…’ books pass 10,000 sales this year

Today, combined sales of Life… With No Breaks and Life… On A High passed the 10,000 sales mark on Amazon for 2011.

Not bad for two comedy autobiographies about a neurotic Englishman with a fear of sponges and a magnetic attraction to extreme embarrassment…

While this figure is tiny compared to the likes of Pratchett, Fry, Bryson (and anyone else you can think of that writes the same kind of stuff I do) I’m still quite proud of myself – and of the two books.

July has been very slow for sales (damn you sunshine), so I’ve been watching the figure creep towards the magic 10,000 mark for the past couple of weeks. It did so at nine this morning. I celebrated with a stale donut and weak cup of machine coffee at work.

I’d like at this point to say thanks to everyone who has picked up a copy of either book over the past seven months. Consider yourselves all on my Christmas card list.

And for those that have left reviews – good or bad – an extra special thank you. The importance of each and every review left can’t be understated, given how many books there are out there vying for the attention of readers.

Here’s to the next 10,000 people reading all about my failed marriage, public defecation, virtual career suicide and temporary impotence.

Hang on a minute. Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all…


Saturday, 9 July 2011

The Cornerstone is 99p for the summer

Hi everyone,

As Amazon have launched their summer sale with loads of prices slashed on Kindle books, I thought I might follow suit with one of mine.

The Cornerstone is now available for the low, low price of 99p with a 4.9 overall rating at Amazon.

Here's some review sound bites to persuade you to part with your pennies:

"A rip-roaring rollercoaster of a fantasy. 5 stars." - Best selling author Stephen Leather

"A brilliant humorous urban fantasy! 5 stars." - Top 500 Amazon reviewer Shaun Horrigan

"As good as Terry Pratchett! 5 stars." - Amazon customer

"OMG, excellent book. A mix of The Neverending Story and Harry Potter-esque magic. 5 stars." - Amazon customer

"Funny, intriguing and extremely clever. 5 stars." - Amazon customer

Buy it in the UK Buy it in the USA



Just in case anyone thought indie publishing was a flash in the pan...

Catch Your Death and Killing Cupid author's Mark Edwards and Louise Voss have just landed a contract with Harper Collins after selling 42,000 copies of Catch Your Death in June alone!

Congratulations to them both.

Mark's blogged about it here:

What's particularly interesting is that 42,000 figure... That's all sales in the UK. Which is great for other authors like me as it looks like the pool of readers is definitely growing in Britain!