Ask any author why some of her books sell better than others and chances are she’ll tell you that she doesn’t know. More publicity perhaps? A timely and influential review on Goodreads? Good cover/bad cover? A killer premise? Luck!
But over the years some stories consistently outsell the rest – the figures make this very clear, even if the why of it remains a mystery.
So here are my Top Three selling books, as of Feb ’13. In keeping with my confusion as to what type of stories readers would like from me, they’re all very different!
The Man She Loves To Hate: Otherwise known the Gondola Book. Set in NZ. Avalanche! Hypothermia. Lucky-to-be-alive sex. A hero who goes after the heroine with all that he has and all that he is. The heroine draws Anime for a living. I left out the rodents of unusual size seeing as NZ is distressingly free of dangerous/poisonous wildlife, but I did include True Love!
Wife For A Week: My first published book, otherwise known as The Hong Kong Book. The premise is, ahem, unlikely. The heroine is bright, bubbly and in possession of 4 overprotective older brothers and a funeral vase. The hero designs computer games for a living. The hero needs a pretend wife for a week – the heroine needs a cash injection. Shopping. Shoes. Hitmen! Personal growth. Independence. Forgiveness. True Love! If this book ever turned into a cup of coffee it’d be 90% froth. There’s an expandabook version of this story (I added another 30,000 words) called The Trouble With Valentine’s Day.
The One That Got Away: Harlequin Kiss book #1, otherwise known as The Balloon Book (on account of the cover). No balloons were harmed during the writing of this book, although I’ve pierced the heart of a few with a bow and arrow since (it’s very cathartic). Set in Sydney. Heroine is a smart and savvy self-employed structural engineer. Hero is tortured, intense, difficult and best encountered within the pages of story. A reunion romance. If this book turned into a coffee it’d be a double shot espresso, no sugar and no milk.