by L.J. Sellers, author of provocative mysteries & thrillers
The most exciting thing in publishing now is the ability to easily reach readers around the world. My royalty statements from Thomas & Mercer include payments from the UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia. The statement also has label-lines for China, Japan, Brazil, India, and Mexico. These are all places where Amazon has launched online Kindle stores, and I know it’s only a matter of time before I start seeing sales in those markets too. The amounts are small, but I love that people in Brazil may soon be reading my Detective Jackson series.
My German editor is very excited about the series and thinks it will be a bestseller. I already belong to the International Association of Crime Writers (just because I like the way it sounds), but how fun it will be to someday add “international bestseller” to my bio.
I’m happy to report that Amazon Crossing decided to keep all the original covers—with slight modifications to comply with local marketing regulations. Which tells me that we did a good job with the covers and that they have a universal appeal.
On a similar note, I recently heard from a reader who asked when my series would be available in Spanish. That seems like an even bigger market, and I plan to suggest to my publisher that they consider more translations. For now though, Secrets to Die For (Jackson #2) is currently being translated into German and will likely release in that language this summer.
Readers: Do you ever read books in another language?
Writers: Have you released books in the German market? Or considered a Spanish version?
Well done LJ! :D That's fantastic news!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much. We appreciate your support on the blog too.Delete
That's so exciting, LJ! Congratulations on your German translation - I hope it will open the door to your books being translated into many more languages! :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks! I'm not holding my breath...except maybe for Spanish. :)Delete
I'm just so damned proud of you and everything you've accomplished. And the very best part? It's totally deserved.ReplyDelete
Thank you! You always make me blush.Delete
Great news, LJ! So excited for you!ReplyDelete
Thanks. I appreciate your enthusiasm.Delete
Yes, L.J. I was approached by Amazon Crossing as well and will have my first Nick Bracco book translated into German sometime over the summer. It can't hurt having global reach. Congrats on the 100,000 mark. Quite an accomplishment.ReplyDelete
That's exciting news! Another revenue stream is always good.Delete
That's fantastic. I would love to have my book available in other languages. I do have readers all over the world thanks to Amazon, but I know many people are more comfortable reading fiction in their native language. I would be too!ReplyDelete
And 100,000 copies sold of Secrets to Die For! That's fabulous, LJ! You should be so proud of your accomplishments! You have the perfect combination of talent, inspiration, and determination. (I was going crazy yesterday with that group promo and my house sale and missed that part in your post.)ReplyDelete
Good for you! Congratulations.ReplyDelete