As of sometime this weekend, Charlotte Collins, that unsellable book, sold its 5,000th copy. This number of sales took slightly more than 1 year. And I am thrilled and thankful for all the Austen fans who were willing to try a different sort of sequel.
And believe it or not, I am even more thankful for the publisher who rejected the manuscript. If that publisher had been willing to take a chance on Charlotte, I might never have been willing to try self-publishing. I might have become locked into a mindset that would never have allowed me to take the risk of doing things my own way, of writing the books I wanted to read and hoped others would want to read as well. So thank you, publisher.
If I hadn’t been rejected, I never would have gotten Absolute Liability out of the drawer and rewritten it for publication. It would have never landed in the Amazon Kindle Top 100 or on the Indie Reader Best Seller’s list.
So thank you, readers (I have readers!), for trying my books, and thank you, publisher, for rejecting me and thereby giving me the chance to live my dream and earn a living.