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?