Christmas book quiz – win a Paperwhite!

Just a reminder that my Christmas Book Quiz is still live until 2nd January. Gather family and friends round to share in the quiz, but remember that speed is important too. If you love books and Christmas, you will love this quiz. Best wishes for 2014. Rachel

The blog is getting a whole new look for 2014

I confess that the blog has taken very much a back seat while I have been writing book number three – but I haven’t stopped thinking about it and planning for the future. I started the blog originally because I had just begun the journey as a self-published author, and I realised that it wasn’t as easy as it first sounded. It was a slow process to get my book ready for the Kindle, and then for other platforms too – and I wanted to share everything I had learned with other authors who were experiencing the same traumas. But all that has changed now. The web is full of helpful advice, and I have just finished my third book so I’m not sure I have enough to add to the help for new authors.


The Back Road hits the top spot on the Waterstones’ chart

The Back Road was originally published as an Amazon exclusive – an arrangement that lasted for six months. I’ll be talking more about that experience in a subsequent post, but now it is available in all formats and on most ebook websites.  Waterstones has proved to be a particular great company to work with, and they have kindly featured The Back Road on their e-books home page and asked me to write a blog post about my experiences as a self-published author. I’ve copied it here to share. Since writing the post I am happy to report that The Back Road has already hit the top spot on the Waterstones’ ebook chart. Only the Innocent has also crept back into the top 10 at number 5. Update: Waterstones confirmed that despite The Back Road only being launched in September, it is the 4th highest selling ebook for the whole of 2013. Only the Innocent

Book Launch: the new novel from Rachel Abbott – THE BACK ROAD

I am delighted to announce that my new novel – The Back Road – has been launched in the UK! For those who loved Only the Innocent, you will no doubt be pleased to hear that Tom Douglas is making a reappearance. In The Back Road, he is taking a sabbatical, but it doesn’t stop him from getting involved when he knows that there is a mystery to solve – and in the next book, he’s back in the police and ready for action. Here’s what it’s all about: One girl is fighting for her life in hospital. One village is struggling to hold tight to its secrets.

Only the Innocent enters US Kindle top 10!

I am absolutely delighted and proud to announce that Only the Innocent has today hit the number 9 position in the Kindle Store on the Amazon US site. Following its success in the UK last year, I had never expected to have a similar success in the US, but the book was relaunched just last week – 5th February – in Kindle, paperback and audio versions, and has risen steadily through the last six days to break into the top ten today. It is also #1 in British Detectives, #2 in Suspense and #2 in Thrillers. And for now, it’s still available at just $2.99! And for those who like a freebie, the Goodreads Giveaway is still active for another seven days! Thanks to all the followers of this blog who have been so supportive over the last twelve months. Only the Innocent is still available on Amazon UK and in

A Champagne Moment – indie author turns traditional?

Most of the regular readers of this blog will know me as an indie author – ie self published. I have spoken at length about my fantastic and exciting experiences over the last twelve months or so, and written about more or less everything that I have learned. Well, today is another landmark in the journey – because my first novel, Only the Innocent, is today being published in paperback and audio formats as well as the original Kindle format in the US and Canada. This is my first ever traditional publishing deal, and it is so very interesting to compare the experiences.

Goodreads Giveaway – Only the Innocent

I am delighted to be able to report that next week sees the long awaited launch of Only the Innocent in paperback and audio formats in the US. And to celebrate that fact, 25 copies are being given away in the Goodreads Giveaway. A brand new cover has been designed by my publishers, Thomas and Mercer, and I think it really does the trick. It creates exactly the right atmosphere, and those who have read the book will know what I’m talking about. As those of you who follow my blog know, I write mainly about marketing with the aim of sharing some of my experiences of getting to the top of the UK charts with Only the Innocent. So I’m going to be following this giveaway with interest, to see if it does actually impact upon the early sales of the book. And I’ll report back. If you fancy trying to bag

What next? A year in the life of a self-published author – Part VII

This is the final post in my series this week about all that has happened in the last year. I really hope that it has encouraged those of you who are just starting on the journey. It has been an astonishing year, if something of a roller-coaster ride for me. And as this is the last of my birthday posts, I can’t resist this loudest graphic of them all (should just be one candle, but still…). I started the year with neither hope nor expectation of everything that has happened subsequently. From thinking that I would be spending my time writing a cookery book for fun (which was to be my next project), I have ended up spending the year glued to my computer screen, marketing for the first five or six months, and then editing Only the Innocent and starting (and almost finishing) book 2 – name to be

A change of lifestyle: A year in the life of a self-published author – Part VI

You will notice that I am trying to find the loudest birthday graphics possible! This one is perhaps slightly more tasteful than most – but I can’t resist the glitter! In one of my earlier birthday posts this week, I talked about the whole work ethic, and how it was necessary for me to work twelve hours a day for months after month. None of this would have been possible without a decent support system in place. After all, we still had to eat!

What a difference an agent makes! A year in the life of a self-published author – Part V

Just a reminder to those coming to this series of posts for the first time, I am celebrating the fact that Only the Innocent was launched just one year ago, and I thought I would use the opportunity to describe the highs and lows of the last year. (And yes – the graphics are getting sillier!) In my last post, I talked about the amazing amount of hard work that it took to market Only the Innocent to the number 1 spot on Amazon UK. It was relentless, but I was like a dog with a bone. Once I had decided that I wasn’t going to settle for just a few sales a day, I had to go for it. The benefits of that success were far greater than just the financial ones and the amazing sense of achievement on the day that I got to number one. Mind you,