Halloween Weekend Special Offer! FREE! Sugar & Spice: US edition

Happy (almost) Halloween everyone!

And for those of you in the UK, don’t forget that the clocks go back an hour tonight/tomorrow. We don’t want you rocking up at Tesco for your Sunday shop only to find that there’s only you there. Well, you, the guy who pushes his life around in a stolen trolley and the proverbial carrier bag being whipped up in a gnarly wind and scuttling across the car park, dancing and weaving… sorry, got carried away then. ;-)

Anyho’ just stopped by to let you know that there was some free love being shared this weekend.

Yup, you can get the US/American edition of Sugar & Spice, here for nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilcho. For this weekend only. (unless you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, in which case, you can borrow it FREE, any time!)

And here (if you’re on dotcom)

Cool huh?

Have a great weekend!

Merry Kindle (*or insert the name of any other generic e-reader here) Christmas!

Wow! What a year 2011 has been for digital publishing and the growth of the digital/ebook!

I am not going to start sprouting stats and figures and predicting 2012/2013 growth (Mark does that here), we all know what possibilities 2012 will bring and can pretty much put money on the continued upward trend of digital outpacing paper. No, what I want to talk about is a bit more fun than that.

As a writer, you often have little visions/images/scenes/films running in your head; you all know what I am talking about. We’ve all had that character sashaying their way into your imagination whilst in the middle of Tesco.  My co-writer, Mark, takes it one step further and has full-blown night visits (but that’s a story for another day). Anyway, you get my drift.

If you’re a reader visiting this blog, then you may not know what I mean, but any fiction writer will tell you it’s true. Stories kinda write themselves, characters have a way of introducing themselves to you when you least expect it and taking your book off in a completely different direction, that is why we never plan our novels. It’s also why I LOVE writing. I have never had to sit down and think about a story, cool huh?

But, I digress. Where was I? Oh yes, Kindle Christmas.

Now, it is no secret that most of our 125,000 plus ebook sales in our first year have been through Amazon (and mostly UK), approximately 85% at a rough guess, although we have started to sell very well on Waterstones UK ebook site and currently have two books in the Top 20, but let’s face it, for us, this year, it’s all about the ‘zon. So we are very excited to see what happens over Christmas this year (it is really our first festive period of selling given that we only uploaded ‘Sugar & Spice’ at the end of November 2010 and didn’t do any promotion) when an anticipated 12 million Kindles will find their way to new homes.

 Awww, isn’t she purdy? (of course it’s a girl, she can do more than one thing at once!) ;-)

I have contributed to those sales, I currently have one in my cupboard for my mum for Christmas and when I racked my brains to remember where I had put it the other day, that is when I had my funny little vision.

All over the world, in drawers, attics, under beds, hidden in wardrobes, under trees and even in obscure places like behind the fridge, there are millions upon millions of baby Kindles just waiting to be set free! I can see them squealing and squirming in their little brown boxes, jigging about with excitement, counting down the days until some lucky wife, mother, father, brother, sister or the next door neighbours’ cats’ vet opens that package on Christmas morning!

It’ll be like a scene from Gremlins! As if they multiply when one person plugs them in, another one appears!

Tee hee. Made me laugh. It also frightens the hell out of me!

Will Amazon be prepared for the surge? Will their servers cope? What will happen to sales and the charts? Will there be a boom on other e-reader sites like Kobo etc?

Who knows… I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but one thing is for sure, the ‘zon elves are hard at work as we speak and I hope Ole St Nic had the foresight to tie Amazon into a ‘parts delivered’ deal, cos when most people open their pressies on the 25th, you can bet your life there’ll be a Kindle in there somewhere!

Happy ‘Kindle’ Christmas to all of our readers and fellow writers and publishers. I wonder what we’ll be saying this time next year! ;-)

Saffi

Sugar & Spice gets its 100th 5 star review!

Wow! There’s yet another sentence I never thought I would utter, especially not a measly six months after publishing a book by a writing team that no-one had ever heard of and that had been described by agents as “the last taboo.” 100 people spent their money on Sugar & Spice and felt compelled enough to award it 5 stars. How cool is that?

Love it or loathe it (and believe me, there are plenty who can’t decide!) Sugar & Spice has now sold just short of 65,000 copies on Amazon alone. By the time we release Snow White, that figure should have reached a staggering 85,000 copies.

This is without new sales coming (hopefully) through new ebook distribution channels such as Tesco, Apple (ibooks), Waterstones and Kobo.

I haven’t included Smashwords sales in this figure either, although they remain pedestrian at best.

Needless to say, we are chuffed to bits (if not a little shocked)… ;-)

So, thank you to all of those people who have bought and read it and thanks to everyone who bothered to leave a review, good or bad. You’re a reader, your opinion counts; much more than ours.

 

 

Be careful what you wish for: Saffina Desforges 100 days later

Huh? Someone wake me up. Has all of this been one big, fat dream?

Today is a pretty special day for us.

One that we were never sure we would actually see and certainly not one where we expected to be in the position we are in today!

Sugar & Spice has been in the Top 100 for 100 days.

You have no idea how crazy that sentence is.

Less than 200 days ago, Sugar & Spice was on our hard drive and floating around in cyber-space, back and forth between Mark and myself. No-one had ever heard of it or us. Saffina Desforges was a complete unknown.

Our sales (since January) are rapidly approaching 60,000. We are #1 in 6 categories and have been in the Top 5 Kindle Paid Store for over 5 weeks now. We have survived battles with well-known, traditionally published authors, books from current TV serials and massive literary forces that are Stieg Larsson, Gordon Ferris and Stephen Leather et al.

We have also had contact this week from some rather big players in the world of literary agency representation.

We have had 137 reviews so far – 77% of them are 4 stars and above. We are not far off 100 5 star reviews. Here’s a couple of the latest ones:

Sugar & Spice should soon be available on Waterstones, Tesco and iTunes too.

Today, work on Snow White, Book one of The Rose Red Crime series is thundering along at an alarming pace and we should be previewing its new cover in the next two weeks, ready for a summer release.

Equilibrium is next for the SD team, something for Halloween and Christmas for your Kindle.

The project list gets larger and more adventurous every day.

It’s been a crazy ride. I wonder what I will be posting 100 days from now?

Thanks for coming along with us!

Saffi

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