I went for my six month dental cleaning today. Not very exciting stuff generally, but today, I mentioned to the receptionist that I’d just published my first book. As it turns out, she’s a big reader and by the time I’d finished having my teeth cleaned, she’d already downloaded my book to her Kindle and posted it on Facebook. How fantastic is that?
Early on in this process, I created business cards with Kristin’s fabulous cover for One Big Beautiful Thing on the front and a brief, one-sentence description and “Available from Amazon.com” on the back. Today, not only did the receptionist at my dentist get one, but so did the woman I always see at the post office and the woman who sells me dog food every month. It wouldn’t surprise me if they all buy it, and I think they’ll enjoy it.
The truth is every writer’s personal network goes beyond family and friends to regular acquaintances who might be very happy to know you wrote a book. It’s worth asking someone who you think might be interested in what you wrote if they’re a reader and if they say yes, give them a card.
From what I understand, word of mouth is still the best way to sell a book, but you have to tell people about it before they can tell anyone else.
I was interviewed by Reading with Tequila today. I’m happy with the interview, but I’m also happy with the name of that blog. Best blog title ever!
I’m also happy to report that I’m finished with the Book Bloggers Directory P-Z in the General Fiction, Poetry, Everything category. Oddly, P-Z had more missing blogs, abandoned blogs, and blogs that weren’t accepting review requests than the other previous sections of the alphabet. I have no idea why. It’s a mystery.
I try not to focus too much on sales, especially during these early days when I’m still trying to get the word out about One Big Beautiful Thing, but this morning marked a turning point.
This morning I discovered I had four additional sales overnight and I had no idea who bought them. I mostly know who bought the others. Friends, friends of friends, my mother, her friends, my sisters, their friends. I have a really big family and a lot of friends. Most of my other sales have been followed by a note from someone at least tangentially known to me saying “hey, I bought your book.” But not this morning.
So, it’s out there, traveling, beyond friends and family. I hope the new people like it. I hope they tell their friends about it and it keeps moving and being read. It’s exciting and kind of weird.
Today I completed going though A-H of the Book Blogger Directory. This feels like a tremendous accomplishment since it means that I have sent out over a hundred emails to book bloggers asking them to review One Big Beautiful Thing.
Book bloggers are a tremendous asset to writers. They can have far reaching influence with readers. They are also, for the most part, very nice people.
It’s been a mostly enjoyable experience. Exceptions to the joy are blogs that are abandoned and blogs that have disappeared entirely. Thankfully, that’s not very many of them.
Moving on to I-O. Zippy.
I joined my parents and my nephew and his friend in helping my sister move this weekend, and while I was
trapped without internet access free from the internet, One Big Beautiful Thing became available in paperback. So those of you who want to read in the traditional manner now have an option available to you.
Meanwhile, my sister is as
big of an internet junkie internet savvy as I am, so here’s hoping she’s connected soon.
I’ve found a narrator for the audiobook of One Big Beautiful Thing. Her name is Tatiana Gombergand she’s perfect for Kate’s voice. I’m really excited to work with her.
In other news my plan to drink coffee by using smaller cups is not working. I do love these new cups though.
I’m also excited to get back to writing for The Motley Fool. Thanks to the recent underwhelming reveal of the XBox One, I have lots to say.
I got the print proof of One Big Beautiful Thing today and it looks fantastic. Kristin’s cover looks amazing. The picture of me on the back looks just like me, but what can you do? Kristin is a gifted artist, but she can only do so much.
As for seeing it in print, I read almost exclusively ebooks now. I love the portability and the instant downloads and how my Kindle is lighter than the average hardcover book and many paperbacks, so I’m in no way anti-ebook. I’m very pro ebook, but I would be lying to say it wasn’t exciting to see it in print. It was very exciting.
I also got a review on the British blog, Lost to Books. Warning: Spoilers.
It’s not the best review I’ve gotten, but it’s not bad. I appreciate her opinion and how much there was of it. Man, that’s a long review. So onward and upward. Here’s hoping Lost to Books has a billion readers and they all buy any book that gets three or more stars. 🙂