Celbridge author’s Amazon romance

CELBRIDGE writer, Sally Clement, was on top of the world when it emerged that her novel, Bound to Love, became the number one seller on Amazon’s romance book list for a few hours.

CELBRIDGE writer, Sally Clement, was on top of the world when it emerged that her novel, Bound to Love, became the number one seller on Amazon’s romance book list for a few hours.

Sally, who lives at Kiladoon House in Celbridge, was delighted with the sales of the self-published book, following a free book experiment on Amazon.

Within a few hours of its release, the book sold 2,200 copies, a huge increase considering that up to December, it had sold just 16 copies since its launch on 5 March.

Sally, another of whose books, Catch Me a Catch, set in the west of Ireland, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novelist Association prize in London in May 2011, experimented by putting the book on Amazon for free downloading to Kindles and other devices.

Over two days, 31 December and 1 January, 19,000 readers opted to download “Bound to Love” free of charge. “Most of these were in the USA,” she told the Leader this week.

Launched by Embrace (www.embracebooks.co.uk) in both electronic and paper format, it revolves around the story of security expert, Jake Forrester, who gets caught up in a heist at the British Museum.

Following the free download, the Kildare author was more than pleasantly surprised to find that around 2,200 copies of Bound to Love were sold.

The publicity of the free downloads has led to some of her other books seeing a ten-fold increase in sales.

The sales figures put her at at No. 1 on Amazon’s romance list for four to five hours and at No. 4 on the fiction list. “It was very exciting,” said Sally.

“When you write something, you are hoping people will one day read it and like it. It has been a great month for me.”

The sales figure is good news when one considers that there are around 1.2 million books in the Kindle store.

The experiment is being repeated and she is very interested to see the outcome after 13,500 were download free the weekend before last.

Rules on Amazon dictated that a free book promotion is allowed for a five day continuous period every 90 days.

Sally plans to self publish another book, “The Morning After,” at the start of March.

The Celbridge woman has been attracting increasing publicity in national publications because of her writing.

While self-publishing, she is contracting out the editing and cover design of her material. “It is very important to get your work properly edited,” she said.

Sally has yet another book in the pipeline, “Love on the Vine,” set in a vineyard in California, but that will come out via a publisher. She also has an interest in crime fiction.