Most of you know I have been swamped with a truckload of tasks having to do with the impending publication of my new book*, which explains my recent posting slowdown (as well as my rapid heart rate, shaky hands, and increased scatterbrained-ness. And yes, I just made up that word).
Most of you even know that this is not the first book I’ve published: it’s my second.
My first book was published in the fall of 2007. While I promoted that book pretty heavily, because of its theme (pet loss) and tiny niche, it wasn’t easy to market. After a while, I had to let it simmer out there and just keep my fingers crossed that it would get noticed, and that word of mouth would take over.
Every now and then I speak to someone who bought it for family members or friends who had to say goodbye to a beloved pet, and they tell me how helpful it was. That makes me feel good and is one of the main reasons I published the book in the first place, to help ease the sorrow of a loss like that.
Other than checking my book sales monthly (on my publisher’s website), I don’t pay too much attention to where that book is on the charts. I had to take a look today, though, because the number of copies that sold last month was higher than it’s been in a while. How thrilled do you think I was when I discovered that my book is currently number one in its category?
I also discovered, two weeks ago, that someone new put up a five-star review of the book on Amazon.
I have to believe that these events are a result of sibling jealousy. My older book just wants to be noticed.
*Ahem, you can pre-order NOW. Did you know that? Click here.
**Whatever it is, I’ll take it.
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