How to Measure a Book’s Success

Last night I found out that THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE had hit the New York Times Bestseller list after just 5 days on sale.  To say I was elated would be a gross understatement.  I whooped and I cheered and I celebrated by sharing a quart of ice cream with my family.  I think I consumed a pint of it myself, which I paid for dearly later on, when the enormity of it hit my stomach!  But as for the book, I felt a sense of validation that was euphoric.  My “baby” had been recognized in a big way.  I went to sleep with a smile on my face.

When I woke up this morning, I found tons of emails and Facebook posts from my readers congratulating me and telling me how much you loved the book.  I can’t describe how touched I was, and how lucky I felt to have such amazing fans.  The fact that you all had read and loved the book, or that you’d bought or were about to buy it, fully expecting to devour it in one day, meant the world to me.  And I felt validated in an even more profound way.

I love what I do.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love being successful at it.  But more than anything, I love making a difference to my readers, to giving them hours of excitement and pleasure, and to leaving a lasting impression that might compel them to go back sometime and re-read THE GIRL, or to recommend it to a friend, or to seek out another of my novels.

So, because of all of you, THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE is a success.  Not only in fact, but in all the ways that matter.

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12 comments on “How to Measure a Book’s Success

  1. Great news Andi – congratulations – and what a lovely blog. I love the title of your hot new one!

  2. Thanks, Rick. I really appreciate your support!

  3. Karishma on said:

    I am a great fan of your books :) . Can you please tell me when will the paperback of the book be available .

    • Thanks, Karishma. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my books. If your question is about THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE, I believe it will be a June 2012 paperback release. If that changes, I’ll be sure to let everyone know. Till then, happy reading!

  4. Congratulations on hitting the NYT Bestsellers List.

    I just finished your book and felt so sorry for the “accomplice.” Somehow this protagonist wasn’t a villain in the usual sense of the word. I won’t mention any names so I don’t spoil anything for other readers.

    I know you’ve started this new series, but I was wondering if you’re through with Derek and Sloane or if there may be more books in the future.

    • Kim,

      I understand and appreciate your feelings about the characters in question. As a writer, I felt the same way!

      As for Sloane and Derek, you’ll be seeing them again in a thriller anthology to be released next summer. I’ll be keeping my readers posted, so stay tuned!

  5. Just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your books, but this latest one “The Girl Who Disappeared Twice” had me reading well into the night. I look forward to reading more of this series, there wasn’t a character in it I didn’t like.

    Thank you for the pleasure your books bring me.

    • I’m so glad you loved THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE, and that it kept you turning pages all night! I’m currently working on the next Forensic Instincts novel, which will be released next summer. So you’ll be seeing the whole team again very soon– and I can’t wait to share their next adventure with you!

  6. Janet Marshall on said:

    Just wanted to let you know how much I love reading your stories. Both contemporary and historical. However Regency England is my favorite and I miss those stories very much. I wanted to know if you plan to write any more of those?
    Will some of the other characters have their own stories?

    • Janet, right now, I’m completely immersed in writing my contemporary thrillers. So a new historical suspense is not on the horizon. But I, too, love Regency and Victorian England, and I loved writing those books AND their characters! So who knows what the future will hold? If things change, I’ll let all my readers know ASAP. In the interim, I hope THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE keeps you riveted, and that you fall in love with the Forensic Instincts team the way I did!

  7. I fell in love with the forensic instincts team! The book had me turning page after page. the last one hundred pages I had to force my self to sleep.

    I hope to see more from them!

    • I’m so glad, Onikah! I love writing the Forensic Instincts team as much as you love reading them! I just finished their next book, which will be released in Summer ’12. I’ll be telling you more about it as the time draws nearer.

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