Moving Up The Charts

 Posted by at 2:33 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 032013

I am amazed and thrilled by the response to yesterday’s announcement that my newest book, Big Lake Blizzard, had been published on Amazon. Within the first 24 hours it had sold 140 copies and its Amazon Best Sellers Rank was #1,334 Paid in the overall Kindle store, #27 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals, and #31 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Mystery & Thrillers > Police Procedurals. Thank you all for your support. I hope you enjoy the book and that you will tell your friends about it, and will consider leaving a review on Amazon once you finish it.

I have to admit that, while I did get some work done on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, a lot of time yesterday was spent promoting the book on Facebook and Twitter, answering congratulatory e-mails from readers, and checking my sales stats and ranking. I guess it’s like having a new baby, you’re so proud of it that you just can’t stop talking about it and looking at it!

While I was having a wonderful day yesterday, not everybody was. Blog reader Mike Miller sent me this picture he saw somewhere. Ouch! How does one get into that situation anyway?

Fiver in water

Of course, just because I was goofing off didn’t mean that life doesn’t go on. The spring that controls the flush pedal on our Sealand toilet broke, so I made a quick trip to Desert RV Supplies just around the corner and bought a replacement spring cartridge kit. It took Miss Terry all of about ten minutes to install the new one and put everything back together.

About 4:30 we drove over to Countryside RV Resort in Apache Junction to pick up Greg and Jan, and we went to Los Gringos Locos, Terry’s favorite local Mexican restaurant, for dinner. Greg and Jan had never been there before and were really impressed.

We sat around talking for a while after dinner, then drove a couple of miles up the Apache Trail to show them the Elks lodge, which has dry camping for traveling Elks members. There were only a couple of RVs there this late in the season, but during the winter it can get crowded. The setting sun turned the Superstition Mountains a beautiful rose color.

Apache Junction Elks

Back at home, I gloated over my book sales for a bit, then got my interview with independent author Randy Morris ready to post on my self-publishing blog.

With Terry’s dad’s surgery scheduled for Friday, she will be spending most of this week going back and forth to medical appointments and pre-op checkups with her parents. Today through Friday looks to be very busy for her. I will use the time to start laying out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. And yeah, I’ll probably sneak a peek at my book sales now and then.

Thought For The Day – Sure you can trust the government. Just ask an Indian.

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  12 Responses to “Moving Up The Charts”

  1. Congratulations on your new book sales!

  2. You have done it again!! I downloaded Big Lake Blizzard yesterday morning with plans to read a little and then start working on my lengthy ‘to do’ list. I have heard people who say they read a few pages a day of a book. Obviously they are not reading one of your mysteries. I did take a couple of breaks from reading to get some things done and slip in a short nap. I finished it yesterday evening. I will add writing a review to my list and probably do it today or tomorrow. Really enjoyed the book but for me it is challenging to try to communicate with words instead of an Excel Spreadsheet (retired bean counter). Another great read. Thanks for making it easy for me to put off another day some of the things on my list.

  3. started your new book, so far so great, I was going to ration it bit by bit each day but thanks to a very nasty storm that came thru and having to stay up just in case we had to move to the club house with the high winds and hail predicted read a lot more than planned. Once again Nick you did not disappoint with these characters and suspense in every page

  4. Loved the quote for the day. Congrats on your new book.

  5. Nick, If you have the time and have not visited in Mesa yet, I highly recommend it.

  6. You continue to be surprised that people like to read your stuff! You are are indeed humble man.

    I’m checking my Nook daily for the book’s arrival. Can’t wait to read it.

  7. Bought Big Lake Blizzard and read half the night, then finished it the next morning. I woke hubby up laughing at the scene with Tommy and the cougar in the restaurant and again when describing the newspaper guy’s hunting experience. I LOVE this series!!! Please keep them coming.

  8. Nick your books get better and better with each one. I have come to feel like I know the people of Big Lake better than I know my own neighbors.

  9. I made the mistake of reading Crazy Days in Big Lake first, which I really enjoyed, so I went back and ordered the first two in the series. I am 3/4 of the way through Blizzard and it’s the best one yet! I feel like I can close my eyes and see the town and all of its residents because you bring them to life so well with your words.

  10. Jodie,
    Big Lake Blizzard is now on for Nook and other e-book readers.

  11. Being a newer blog reader I had not read any of the Big Lake books though I had noticed the ads on the sidebar. I guess I never put two and two together and figured out they were yours. But after reading about Big Lake Blizzard on Facebook the other day I went to Amazon and read the sample and was hooked. But I remembered somebody saying to read the first books in the series in order to get the most out of them. So I ordered all four and am closing in on the end of the first book and am totally intrigued. No wonder you have such a large and loyal fan base! I can’t wait to get to the next one, but I’m loving the first so much that I don’t want it to end!!

  12. Just finished ‘Big Lake Blizzard’…couldn’t put it down, which worked out well, as we were traveling from Arizona to Las Vegas (yes we are fulltimers too), and I can read in the passenger seat. Being a fan of writers who bring characters to life, makes me a fan of yours. I am hooked, and can barely wait for the next one, so get busy!

    Thinking of Terry’s father, and his upcoming surgery. Our thoughts are with him, and all of you, and may he have a quick and complete recovery.

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