A big thanks to all the readers driving sales of my book: we’ve smashed the 500 mark! If you took all those books and lay them end-to-end they’d stretch to–just kidding, though it does feel like the moon. Better yet are the comments from readers I’ve never met. Here are a few of my favorites from my Amazon book page:
A 5-star review from a buyer in the Southwestern United States:
I am now recommending it for my book club to read. It was very well written, and tough to put down! I’m looking forward to more books from this author.
Another 5-star review:
(The) wonderful writing style reflects many deep emotions felt throughout the entire novel for all characters involved. Insightful and a real page turner!! Two thumbs up!!
Finally, I had to smile at this 4-star review from someone called sandyg:
I wouldn’t normally choose this book, but I actually enjoyed it very much.
Thanks Sandy, wherever you are–I consider it a high compliment!
And thanks also to all of you who’ve shared my posts and talked up my book. While I’m thrilled at reaching 500 in sales (counting both paperback and eReaders), I’m still working on a big breakthrough for The God of Sno Cone Blue. A major national reviewer would be nice, for example. The book continues getting positive feedback, but there remains a huge audience that doesn’t know it exists, so I plug along…
What sells best?
Most of my sales have been in paperback, though I’m encouraged by all the eReader interest–lots of people love their eBooks. Online, there are five retailers offering The God of Sno Cone Blue, and you can access them all here. But if you prefer brick-and-mortar shopping and you live in the area, the paperback is also in two wonderful bookstores: New Renaissance in downtown Portland, and Jacobsen’s in Hillsboro, Oregon.
I’m investing plenty of time online learning the ropes of marketing, but, truth be told, I prefer meeting readers in person, and so I’ve spent several Saturdays at the Cedar Mill Farmers’ Market on Cornell Road, the source of the picture in this post. You’ll find fabulous products there, by the way, like fresh produce and flowers, jewelry, food and pastry (not to mention one promising book). I’ll be there most Saturdays this summer and fall, including this weekend. So stop by if you’re in the area–I’d love to see you.
If Saturday is not in the cards, but you’d still like to help, let your friends know about my book. 500 in sales is a happy milestone, but I’d like to make it–perhaps one day soon–seem quaint.
–As always, your comments on this or any article are more than welcome.–