A Little Scary

Ever since The Memory of You went back on sale (that status where people have to actually PAY to read my novel) it’s taken off like a ballistic missile on Amazon’s sales chart.

This morning, this was the Amazon Best Sellers Rank for the book:

  • #358 Paid in Kindle Store
  • #2 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > War
  • #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > War
  • #31 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Romance > Contemporary

When I called my hubby at work this morning and told him how many copies sold during the 8 hours we were asleep, he said, “Hell, if you’re making money while we sleep, I’m coming home and taking you back to bed!”

I have to admit, this is a bit scary. (Not the going back to bed part.)  But the fact that like a ballistic missile, what goes up eventually comes down. I’ve always been afraid of failing, which is a normal fear most people experience. However, as The Memory of You becomes more and more popular, I find I’m actually fearing success. I’m not sure how reasonable that is, but that inexplicable fear is probably what helped inspire my upcoming release.

A Little Bit of Déjà Vu, stars an ex-NFL quarterback/Dr. Phil wannabe whose son (who’s just earned a football scholarship) informs him he’s gotten his girlfriend pregnant.  The hero, Jake, credits this ‘accident’ to subconscious self-sabotage on his son’s part, and contends that when people are faced with possible success in life, their fear often compels them to screw up in order to avoid facing a new challenge.

What about you? Are you ever afraid of succeeding? Why do you think that is? Do you allow your fear of failure to hold you back?

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  1. Greta

    You’ve got a husband who feeds you dialogue you can drop straight into your books? Hey! No fair! 🙂

    They do say all change is stressful … even good change. I recall reading an interview with Olympic skiier Lindsay Vonn in which she described her grueling 8 hr/day training regimen. She said when she stood at the top of a run she felt confident because she could say, “No one’s worked harder than me.”

    You’ve worked hard, Laurie! Congratulations!

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