Last to the party, Apple's sale link for my novel has finally hit! So if Apple is your way, here you go!
The whole book release thing has left me beyond tired, not to mention a bit bewildered. For instance, Smashword gives away hundredss of copies of my book to the underprivileged, which is very cool. Yet those 1,712 copies, which were chosen by the reader and not just sent to them willy-nilly, don't count when it comes to "Distribution Totals"?
Then there's Amazon... How can ANYONE figure out where their book is on sales lists? They have the little number they have on the book page for rankings among all books, but it can't be accurate? I have a author friend who released his book yesterday too, so we've been commiserating about sales numbers like guys watching a Cricket match and trying to figure out the rules as we go. His numbers are literally 1/10 of mine in sales, but his sales ranking is higher?
Next we have the odd calls or requests. I mentioned in a thread yesterday I received a call for the U.S.D.A.'s Press Secretary. An interesting phone call to say the least. Courtney Rowe, a very nice woman by all accounts talked with me on the phone for about an hour. She couldn't understand why I kept cracking up every time she spoke? I kept telling her to read the book, and not to hate me. You see, in my novel, one of my characters has a pronounced Southern accent, and is kind of a nut. She's also the character Derinda Platt, in my Front Office Fiction stories, is based on. Well it seems Courtney Rowe has a pronounced Southern accent too, and for some reason I found this so funny I dropped the phone a couple times from laughing so hard while we spoke.
I got a request out of the blue from NPR - National Public Radio - for a copy of my book. While deeply honored that they want to review my book, a cold chill ran down my spine. NPR is all about the rather "stuffy" end of literature. They review a Young Adult novel from time to time, by for the most part they're into the Ben Greenman's and Maya Angelou's of the book world. Devin Briar is so far from that world, it ain't even funny. My book is a humorous account of what happens to Devin when he accepts a job in the U.S. Government as a P.R. guy. Think West Wing's C.J. Craig... So that's just a small update from the publishing world, and you iPad, iPhone, Apple-ites now have a place to buy a copy of my book.
Once again, I want to thank you all for your support. For those of you who've actually bought my book, a HUGE thanks goes to you all. I've arranged for DCRamFan to give you each a foot massage, so send him an e-mail and get that scheduled ASAP!
All the best to my TST Family,