It's taken almost a year and a half, but Blood Guilt has finally passed 100000 sales on Kindle. Coincidentally, and with a nice symmetry, the novel has also hit 200 days in the Amazon Kindle overall top 100 bestsellers chart.
To say I'm surprised Blood Guilt is still hanging around in the top 100 fourteen months after it first broke into it, would be an understatement. Sales dropped off somewhat in the summer months, and I began to wonder whether the life of the novel on Kindle had run its course. But in the last four months sales have really picked back up. Being relatively new to this game, I'm not entirely sure what to put this down to. Part of it, of course, is simply due to the increase in sales everyone experiences over the Christmas period. But there's more to it than that. Someone I spoke to recently who has vastly more publishing experience than me mentioned their theory that novels with snow on their covers always sell well. I'm sure the comment was slightly tongue in cheek, but I reckon there's something to it. When you think about it, it's actually quite obvious that readers are going to be more drawn to a snowy cover image at this time of year.
There are other elements which I think give Blood Guilt a lasting appeal. Firstly, as well as (hopefully) being a thrilling read, it raises hard questions about moral dilemmas. Secondly, one of the main points I've picked up from readers' emails is how much they appreciate Harlan's human qualities. He's not someone who simply takes the knocks and gets back up. He's subject to the same frailties as all of us. He's also someone who struggles to comprehend human nature's capacity for committing terrible acts. Which brings me to my third point. One of the themes Blood Guilt deals with is child abduction and abuse. Sadly, it's almost impossible these days to turn on the news without being faced with stories concerning these crimes. The crime fiction I most enjoy reading holds a mirror up to the society of its time. It attempts to make some kind of sense of the world's darkness and insanity. This point was uppermost in my mind when I wrote Blood Guilt, and the sales figures seem to bear out its importance.
On a final note, I'd just like to thank everyone who's bought Blood Guilt, especially those who've left reviews, emailed or tweeted me to let me know how much they enjoyed it. We writers are a sensitive bunch, so it's always a big boost to know that someone out there really gets what you're trying to do.
One final final thing. A follow-up to Blood Guilt is set to be released later this year. But this time I won't be the one doing the publishing. More on that to come soon...