Sunday, 5 August 2012

What's the Story?

Just taking a wee break from my Olympic Viewing Fest to talk about the latest BLOOD TEARS news. (And no, this post has nothing to do with Jessica Ennis, I just wanted an excuse to post a photo of this remarkable young woman.)

At the start of the 'lympics my publisher decided that he would offer the ebook for free on kindle for the first 5 days of the games. A kind of  - Sick of sport? Buy this! - approach. And it only worked.

My peeps got tweeting and blogging and posting on Facebook and before you could say What An Opening Ceremony, BLOOD TEARS was charging up the chart. Over the weekend, the book moved in to the No 1 slot on both the general fiction chart and the crime/ mystery chart.

The number of downloads?

Over 18,000.

Yup, you read that right. Over 18,000. That's mental, mental I tells you.

Then the price went up to a whole 99p - and BLOOD TEARS had to start all over in the charts, but this time in the paid ones. And it quickly moved up there as well. At one point we were at no 25 in the general book chart and no 5 in the crime/ mystery chart. And this chart HERE currently has me at number 10. Yesterday, I was at no 5, sandwiched in among all the porn books.

Which was nice.

So, a BIG, HUGE thank you to everyone who has posted reviews, posted on facebook, blogged and tweeted. You have all played a part in bringing BLOOD TEARS to a bigger audience.

Now I just need to make a wee bit of cash, so the publisher will continue to publish me.



  1. That is awesome! I know the feeling of watching one's book rise on the charts.

    1. Yeah, getting obsessive about the numbers. I need to stop checking them every 5 mins.

  2. Thoroughly deserved success, Michael! I just finished Blood Tears today and enjoyed it immensely. I'm not usually one for crime novels, but I was genuinely gripped with this one, so thank you for such a good read. I'm sure the 18k downloads is only the tip of the iceberg; good luck to you!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to say so, Catherine. Very much appreciated

  3. It absolutely deserves to be there. Keep us informed.