After a long agonizing wait, Amazon Encore, a publishing division of Amazon.com, released my novel, They Never Die Quietly, yesterday, February 16th. I am overwhelmed with conflicting emotions. On one hand I’m totally stoked; on the other, I’m scared silly. Yesterday I must have checked my sales rank on the Amazon web site 100 times. Each time hoping I’d see an eye-popping number. Well, I didn’t. Everyone tells me to B-R-E-A-T-H-E. But frankly, my brain is twisted in a knot.
Okay, I know I’m whining, but I have to get it off my chest. In spite of the fact that those in the know warned me it might take some time for my novel to gain a little traction and generate sales, waiting is utter agony. My Kindle numbers are pretty good—surprisingly good—but that in large part is due to a huge push by Amazon. But the numbers for paperback sales are nowhere near what I’d hoped for. Actually, to be honest, I indulged myself with an image of me going into the Amazon web site and seeing my ranking in the Top 10; a ridiculous, unrealistic notion. To have such a fantasy is exactly that: a fantasy. But if you don’t aim high, you can never hit your target, right?
Enough of my sniveling. Let me switch gears. I must apologize to all those who are loyal visitors to my blog. I haven’t updated my post in over a week and that is inexcusable. I could bellyache about how busy I’ve been, tell you tales of woe about my demanding schedule, but it just doesn’t hold water. So, right here in front of the whole world I’m going to make a commitment: I promise to update my blog at least three times a week. Hopefully more. Even if I only write two sentences—highly unlikely for a windsock like me—come hell or high water, I will freshen up the blog regularly.
Now please stop wasting your valuable time reading my silliness, and go to Amazon.com and buy my novel.