There is a possibility that the third “Confession of April Grace” will be the last.
This breaks my heart, of course. April Grace Reilly, her family, friends, and neighbors have become an important part of my life. With your help and support, we can save this series from being discontinued. The problem? Sales are not what my publisher expected.
Word of mouth and increased sales are what it will take to keep the series going. It’s obvious to me from fan mail I’ve received, Facebook and Twitter comments, and dozens of glowing reviews that the series has potential for becoming very popular given time and opportunity.
So what’s holding back the sales of books that so many people seem to love and relate to? I’m not sure, but I have a theory or two.
One is that the series is still so new that not enough readers have discovered it yet. Growing a stronger readership takes time and the continuation of good product.
My second theory is equally valid. Over and over I receive comments like these: “I’d read your books, but I’m not religious” or “I don’t like books about God” or “I’m not of the Christian faith.” So let me address this concern right now: I wrote the “Confessions of April Grace” for anyone, and I mean anyone, without any particular audience in mind. To me, I’m simply telling a funny story of life in the Ozarks. The wonderful folks at Thomas Nelson Publishers chose to take on the series and they happen to be a Christian publisher. However, if you won’t take my word for it, here are a few examples from reviews:
- “This is classified as a Christian book, and while there were themes of faith and Christian messages in the book, they were not dominant, so the book can still appeal to a mainstream audience.” Cliques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks (Confession #2)
- “Even though this book is a “Christian” book, it is not overbearing and really does have a great story that should appeal to any mainstream tween/teen audience. Please don’t let the Christian reference throw you off of reading this book.” Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks
- “Although promoted as Christian fiction, it’s not the in-your-face writing that some authors use as their style. There is of course talk about church and God but not specific beliefs that could turn off some readers.” In Front of God and Everybody (Confession #1)
- “One of the things I like best about this book is that although it is Christian-based, it does not scream or preach at you.” In Front of God and Everybody
- “…thinking on the matter now, I believe that the title itself is part of a lesson you can only learn if you are brave enough to open the book and begin reading the words within. I strongly encourage you to read this book – don’t judge it by the title like I did and if you do, don’t let that stop you from reading it.” In Front of God and Everybody.
Other concerns seem to be that the books are for girls. As I said above, I had no particular audience in mind at the time of writing, and that includes ages or genders of the people who would enjoy reading them. Adults and kids play equal roles in the stories. Narrated in the sassy, witty voice of April Grace Reilly, these books will make you smile, if not laugh out loud.
Will you help me save April Grace Reilly so she can continue to relay her hilarious confessions to the rest of the world?
In you haven’t already, would you please purchase In Front of God and Everybody (click on link on the right side of this page) and introduce yourself to the clan, with all the zaniness that goes on? If you like that book, get a copy of Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks. This November, the third Confession will be released, Chocolate-Covered Baloney. Excerpts from the first two books are available on this website, as well as a video trailer on the welcome page.
I have great plans and story ideas for upcoming books, and I’d surely love to share them with you. I yearn for that opportunity.
If you enjoy these stories, recommend them to your friends. Remember, Harry Potter wasn’t an overnight success, but the ones who loved his story passed the word along to their friends and neighbors, and look where he is now.
Let’s get the buzz going and make April Grace one of the most popular girls in fiction!