Book Sales

The Hounding is not quite a best seller yet, having come out 6 days ago, but the books are selling. One new reader has posted a review this week as well. I have lots of marketing ahead of me, I know I do. It would be lovely if one could simply write her books and they would fly out into the world and sell themselves. In a few rare cases, that happens (Harry Potter), but mostly, authors have to flog them. It is part and parcel of the job of being an author these days. There are so many books to read, and so little time, you see. Readers have to have sales pitches. I know I do, and I was a reader before I was a writer. I read every day, just as I write every day. I don’t spend much time trolling for books to read, no! I read what catches my eye, or what a friend tells me about. Maybe I see something on Twitter, or FaceBook, or read about a book in someone’s blog. 

How do you decide what to read? I sometimes choose books from the NYTimes Review of Books. Do you? Seriously, how do you choose when there are so many choices?

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6 thoughts on “Book Sales

  1. like you I read what catches the eye… plus whenever I’m interested in some new issue the first question is “what best to read about it”? and rarely that’s just one book as of course one has to hear several opinions :-) I order books after reading an interesting review, I let myself be caught by an inspiring title, I grab a book just because I love the cover, I have to have each an every book by my favourite writer(s)… and and and and and…

    • A reader after my own heart. I grew up reading cereal boxes at the breakfast table, and every printed item in the house. Like my old friend Ginny used to say: “If you didn’t want me to read it, why was it lying there?” Thank you so much for taking time to respond. I read every word with enthusiasm and interest!

      • Sandra :-)
        just the other day I realized that I didn’t read many childrens’ books – I’d rather hide behind on of the big chairs near my parents’ huge bookcase and secretly read one of their books – no matter if I understood what I read or not :-)

  2. I know! I tried to read everything my Mom and Dad read. We had a limited number of books in the house. I ended up reading them over and over. Eventually, I did understand them, and began to have my own tastes as well. My own book was Now We Are Six, that is the one I learned to read from when I was 4. Some of my favorites were the one volume from the Encylopedia Brittanica, Reading is Fundamental, Math Made Easy, and a Book of Etiquette that had line drawings. I still have my book Now We Are Six. The rest are long lost.

    • Yep, it’s work okay. I’m learning a lot about it. But today, I worked on the new WIP for a change. Thanks for hopping over HHW!

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