When you awake to find yourself between JK Rowling and Margaret Atwood
By Helen Steadman, Oct 10 2017 08:55PM
Well, today has been a funny sort of day. As of yesterday (9 October 2017), my publisher, Impress Books, announced a 99p special offer on the ebook version of Widdershins (my historical novel about the Newcastle witch trials). When I went to bed, I noticed that it had entered the top thousand Kindle books. This was so exciting that I could barely sleep.
When I woke up in the morning, I had another little peek and was shocked to see it was #89. My book had made it into the Top 100 Kindle books...
Convinced I was still dreaming, I went to make some coffee and feed the dogs. When I came back a bit later, I noticed it had slipped a little. But there it was, still in the Top 100 Kindle books, nestled between JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.
And then I noticed my novel was wearing a very special orange badge to say it was a bestseller. Well, I didn't need any coffee after that!
All I know is that the book fairies must have been very busy while I was sleeping. Even if being in the Top 100 books only lasts for a day, today has been one of the most exciting days of my writerly life (apart from the day that Impress Books got in touch to say they would like to publish my novel)!
So, I would just like to say thank you very much to everyone who supported me during the writing of Widdershins, and to each and every person who bought it, reviewed it, shared it on social media and told their friends about it. And of course, I am eternally grateful to all the wonderful people at Impress Books for the way they have nurtured my work and the creative ways they have told the wider world about it.
Best wishes, Helen