I’ve decided to take Saturday away from the computer. I’m going to get the Christmas tree with my family, maybe go see a movie and buy a grill cover.
I’m writing this at 8 p.m. on Friday night, so unless something miraculous happened that I don’t know about, the sales on Friday for my new book did not go as I hoped. The truth, as I always try to bring it to you, is that they did not go at all.
It’s disappointing. Truth is, I was conservatively hoping to sell three and optimistically hoping to to sell six or seven. I really wanted to get the book to the top of the new releases for sexual health recovery, which doesn’t need many sales, but allows me to have a little ribbon that says “Best Seller.” It’s cheesy, but it’s the kind of thing that helps sales. Instead, at the moment I’m writing this, a sure-to-be-classic tome sits atop that chart called, “How To Eat A Banana — The Art of Oral Pleasure: Learn How to Give Head Like a Porn Star.”
I remember when I was running my magazine, we promoted many events in our office space, which also served as an art gallery. I got frustrated easily when half the people who RSVP’d on Facebook that they were coming didn’t come and 99% of the people who said “I’m not sure” didn’t come. Those were the ones who annoyed me the most because they couldn’t commit to not being there. They’d even say, “I’ll try to come” to your face.
Friday was actually a good day for visitors and hits to the website, with both numbers probably 15% to 20% above normal. I’m also sure that there were quite a few additional people who never made it to my site but read the entry as several people shared it. I thank those of you who did that. It was a kind gesture.
Maybe the audience that reads me every day and those that stumble onto the site are not the audience for the book, although I felt like it was even more narrowly targeted than my first book to this crowd. I’m disappointed.
I’m going to do an Ask Me Anything on Reddit on Sunday and next week continues the long list of podcast interviews still to be recorded. I’m also going to target the professionals I’m connected with on LinkedIn come Monday. Hopefully when my co-author begins pushing the book next week, he has a few aces up his sleeves, too.
It can only go up from here, right?