Thursday Thoughts: Success

Leon Stevens
3 min readMay 18, 2023

I came across a Facebook post asking for recommendations for fantasy/sci-fi series. I recognized the book of an author I follow on Twitter and occasionally exchange retweets of each other’s posts. I took a screenshot and sent it to him, and he replied that it made his day.

I follow many authors and readers on various social media accounts, and I am waiting for the day that one of my books shows up in a post. With so many books out there, it’s a long shot, but someday, maybe.

How are my books doing? I’m glad you asked. For a few months now, The View from Here has been in the Top 100 Science Fiction books on Amazon. Much of the credit is due to it being featured in Prime Reading (free for Prime members) and that will end at the end of this month, so it will probably drop in the rankings unless I put it on sale or heavily advertise it.

I don’t get royalties on Prime Reading ‘sales’, but I have seen sales of books 2 & 3 of the trilogy pick up. So, if you do have Prime reading, you have a week to read The View from Here for free.


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Originally published at on May 18, 2023.



Leon Stevens

Leon Stevens is a writer, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education.