One Million Books

There are mileposts in every writer’s career, I suppose.  Getting an agent.  Getting a publisher.  Getting that first book into stores and into readers’ hands.  I could go on and on, because a writer’s career is simply a journey, and although every journey doesn’t have an identifiable destination, it seems to me they all must have moments that mark progress.

One Million Books

So here’s a recent one for me: According to my publisher, sometime in the past few weeks, I sold my one-millionth novel.  Bells didn’t chime.  No fireworks.  I didn’t even pop a cork on a bottle of champagne.  In the grand scheme, it’s probably not much.  But for a guy who began by wanting only to write a story good enough that someone might actually want to read it, well, this is a pretty big deal.  And also, it’s an opportunity to say thank you to all of you out there who bought one of my books (or two or three) and made this milestone possible.  We all need friends on our journeys, and I’m so glad to have you with me.

3 thoughts on “One Million Books”

  1. Hi, congratulations on one million. I found your books at a book store in Ely, MN last summer. I have only read the first two in the Cork O’Connor series. I do read many books so not binging on Cork, but I look forward to many pleasurable hours to come in Cork’s world. Thank you!


  2. I have just downloaded Tamarack County. I want to tell you how much I enjoy the Cork O’Connor series. I was looking for a series of mysteries I could sink my teeth into and discovered, much to my pleasure, Iron Lake. I am a designer and spend many work days listening to your books while creating. My OCD requires that I read/listen to them in order and for a while not all of them were available with Whispersync. I like to think it was my persistent nagging to Amazon that finally got them all released in the format. So it’s taken just over 8 months to get to Tamarack County, #13. Congratulations on one million sold and please, please, please…keep them coming!! A fan, Sharon

  3. Congrats!!! I can sure understand how you got to one million.
    Seven weeks ago a friend told me I’d probably like your Cork series, he knew I loved the Northwoods and mystery novels.
    I’ve been reading the books in order. Tonight I’m halfway through Northwest Angle. Lake of the Woods is one of my favorite places on Earth, and I have a special interest in pictographs of the Canadian Shield, so this book is extra special.
    In case I finish Northwest Angle tonight I have Trickster’s Point waiting on my desk.
    Thanks for sharing your outstanding work!

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