Thursday, May 31, 2007

SUNS: A Heat Seeker!

A THOUSAND SUNS actually managed to climb to the top chart position in what is known in the book trade as the 'Heat Seeker' chart. This is basically a chart of the books that are moving up the national paperback chart...most quickly.

Typically, a new book by someone like Archer or Jilly Cooper might hit the number one spot momentarily because the first day of sales would transport them from off-chart to somewhere in the top ten. But then, obviously once in that top ten, their book has only nine more slots that it can possibly climb at best. Which means they'd disappear from the 'heat seeker' chart as quickly as they arrived. To be replaced by an unknown like, say...ahem...me....who manages to climb from position 80 to say 42.

So anyway...that's what happened a few days ago. My humble little debut novel had a bloody good 2nd week, climbed way up the national chart, and made a spectacular appearence as NUMBER ONE in this Heat Seeker list.

I'm gob-smacked. No...really. I'm stunned.

There's been no high profile marketing (as yet). However it appears WHSMITHS has got behind it, and I notice WATERSTONES and BORDERS are pushing it with '2 for 1' and '3 for 2' deals.

Anyway....jeeeez, I'd like to think this blip lasts through the summer. If it does...IF it does, I might just have a future in this precarious book business. I might just sell enough books (in between the usual glut of Celebrity Biogs that seem to gobble up most book sales, that is) to be able to keep tapping away on the typewriter.

Failing that. There's plan B. But, no....I'm not ready to even think about that, let alone talk about it.

*shudders at the thought*

Anyway, if you're vaguely interested as to what seems to have grabbed enough people's attention to propel me up to such giddy heights, here's a link to my book on AMAZON.

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And gosh-darn if you want your interest piqued still further, you could have a look at this trailer I put together for it.

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13 comments:

Rodrigo said...

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John Prigent said...

Jolly good show, Alex! When Last Light hits the paperback lists it should do even better.

Schweinsberger said...

Surely it's all about that bomb. People seem to like them.
When I wrote something about a "carbon bomb" in my blog some days ago, the number of hits per day suddenly doubled.

Anyway, your book is a good one. Quality gets its reward. Sometimes.

Nikki said...

Hello, Nikki Davies (formerly Teasdale - of Fairway First) here!

You were "Book of the Month" in Earlham Library last month! We got it out and really enjoyed it!

Good luck, especially as I'm looking forward to reading EQ!

Alex Scarrow said...

Hello Nikki....were you one of the teachers at the back of the room when I came in to speak to Mrs Earl's class?

I'm really glad you enjoyed it...and thanks for taking the trouble to tell me!

Hopefully I'll get EQ out this year. It's taken longer than I'd hoped....but meanwhile, I have another novel coming out on July 25th called LAST LIGHT.

all the best

Alex

AndyC said...

top news mate! lets see if LL will hit the coveted top of the best seller list!!!

Nikki said...

That's right! Will look forward to your next books! :o)

AndyC said...

I accidently clicked on the image, go that made me jump, A life size of Alex's face pulling a silly face at me ouch! hehe

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