Today is the last day of 2013, which is totally bittersweet. I had a GREAT year this year. It was so amazing and it’s hard to see it go, but it’s also fun to see what awaits next year.
Here were some of my highlights this year that would have NEVER happened without my awesome readers:
1. I published five full-length books!
2. Six Audiobooks were narrated and released.
(More to come in 2014)
3. I hit 1,000,000 books sold!
After MUCH tabulation this past week, I discovered that I have sold well over 1,250,000 books since February 8, 2011 when Intentions of the Earl first came live on Amazon. (Note, these are paid books, free books would have pushed me over the 1,500,000 mark.) This includes ebooks from across all platforms–Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords (and their channels), and several other smaller bookstores.
4. I was actually recognized at a conference!
In 2012 when I went to RT, nobody had heard of me, or if they had, they didn’t remember me. This year, I had someone come straight up to me pause in front of my table, point and say, “Liberty!” Indeed. It’s tough to claim at times, but I take full credit (and blame), I am the one who dreamed her up and if that’s how I’m remembered, so be it I was totally floored and humbled that someone recognized me and I will forever remember that.
5. I started Parchment & Plume, LLC
For anyone who doesn’t know already, earlier this year, I finally took the plunge and started my own publishing company. http://www.parchmentandplume.com
6. I got to add “Award Winning” to my bio.
Honestly, I know my stories are…different. They aren’t what mainstream loves. I don’t have rakes and simpering misses. I don’t have a lot of drinking or swearing. Heck, I don’t even have a book where the two had sex before marriage and all but four of my heroes were virgins (and two of the four who aren’t, it’s really never mentioned one way or the other, just assumed). They don’t always adhere to the staunch time period and while that displeased a lot of people, I never expected any of my books to ever win anything. But His Contract Bride won the Silken Sands Star Award and His Yankee Bride was a finalist in Colorado’s Award of Excellence. Once again a very humbling moment for me.
I know I say this every year, but it doesn’t make it any less true. I know for certain that I wouldn’t have any of this success if not for my readers. I want to personally thank everyone who liked me or any of my posts on FB, commented on a post, tweeted something on my behalf, reviewed one (or more) of my books, told a friend about my books, bought one of my books, gave away my swag, came to see me at RT or any of the other conferences I attend, read my blogs, and most of all believed in me and my stories. I appreciate it very much and know without doubt I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for all of you.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Years and I shall see you in 2014! (For another dose of Wicked Wednesday, of course!)