My book, Awfully Appetizing, was released in e-format in the middle of June. Since then, as I may have mentioned on here a couple of times, my book sales have been less than spectacular. Part of that is because I suck at promotions, I freely admit that. Part of it is because I have never really been a social butterfly. I don’t have the network of friends, kind of friends, acquaintances and such that some people do. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but it does make it a little harder to get that big push of sales when you start out.
But one of the big things that I really believe is holding me back is the lack of print books. A lot of people these days have e-readers, certainly, but one of the exciting things about a friend writing a book, at least to me, is having them autograph it to you. I love having my own copies of books by my writer friends.
Plus, there are promotional opportunities that only exist when you have print copies. I was going to do a book giveaway on goodreads, but apparently they only do that with physical copies of the book, which makes a lot of sense. And I’ve had several times when I talked to people about my new book coming out, but when they expressed interest in it, I had to say, ‘sorry, it’s only available for electronic readers.’
It isn’t my publisher’s fault. Winlock press, and Monique Happy in particular, have been great about keeping me up to date with what’s happening and when. But apparently Lightning Source has buggered things up and we’ve ended up pushed back to the end of the queue. I’m annoyed.
And I’m impatient as hell.