Finally got around to asking my publisher about online sales figures. Not glowing, dear readers. Not glowing.
TT: Adding in my personal sales make it look a little better.
She sent some kind words along with them of the "don't worry, slow starts can build" sort, but I admit, I was surprised at the smallness of the whole thing. Were I the sort who cared about numbers, I would be disheartened. On the other hand, I am convinced slow and steady is the only way to build a real fan base. If those who read my book now like it enough to buy the next, I'm good, provided I produce a next. My plan has always been to saturate the market with "me" until a reader can't turn around without bumping into a Turtle egg. If I live to 111, I have almost 70 years to achieve that goal.
I've said from the beginning, for me, this isn't about selling or being published or any kind of ego trip whatsoever. My goal was to finish a book, and I did that. Publication was more of a symptom of finishing. However, for the sake of my publisher and small fan group and the world in general, I will try to promote my book a bit more. I have one advantage over the average writer: I'm not afraid of people.
My launch party will commence Oct 5, 6 - 8 PM at World Cup Cafe.
I'm heading south in a couple weeks. I should contact that bookstore near Wichita and see about dropping in and hosting a book signing or something.
I have a contact name for my old high school. I want to donate a book to their library, but, frankly, I suspect I'll need board approval and a PG 16 rating. I'll get on that.
And, I have one ace-in-the-hole I've been too nervous to play. Thinking it's time to play it. More about that later, I suspect.
Happy Tuesday, everybody.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I'm Not Upset
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Wish I had an ace-in-the-hole.ReplyDelete
I'm right there with ya, though, when it comes to the discouragement over small sales. And I do believe that the key is getting more work out there! I know that my second book coming out has spawned a few sales of Finding Angel, and I'm hoping that it will give me a little more cred when I try selling books in person. And online as well--if readers see I'm not stopping with one book.