Tip of the Day: Buy the book, I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, if you haven’t already. Please. PLEASE! Don’t make me get on my hands and knees!! (you know I'm kidding, right? Sort-of)
I get asked ALL THE TIME by family and friends, “How’s the book doing?”
I’m not exactly sure what they mean by this, but I think they want to know, is it selling? Are you making money?
It’s always a hard question to answer, because for the most part, I don’t know how it’s doing. Sometimes I say, “It’s doing all right, I guess.” Sometimes I say, “It’s went into a third printing, so I think it’s doing fine.” But if you catch me on a bad day, I might glare at you and say, “I don’t know. I’m trying not to think about it.”
The truth is, I think about it ALL THE TIME. I don’t want to. But you’ll see, when you have a book on the shelves, I think it must be like having a kid off at college. You know you need to let the kid have his independence, but damn if you don’t want to call everyday and find out what’s going on!
I am one of those who obsessively checks Amazon rankings. Mine has pretty consistently stayed in the five digits. The lower five digits, like in the 20-30,000 area, makes me very happy. When it creeps up into the 90,000s, my heart starts racing. And when it goes over 100,000, I have to click away immediately so I don’t burst into tears.
My book has now been out for six months. I think I feel like more copies should be selling, not less. I start to panic and wonder what, if anything, I can do to get word out about the book. Should I send a copy to every talk show host? Every teen magazine in circulation? Should I blanket the city with book signings, even if I would rather hang by my ankles above a big pile of dog poo than sit at a table trying to look happy as NO ONE walks up to the table?
They say the best thing you can do as a debut novelist is to write the next book. I’ve done that. I hope it helps to get my name out there. I’m working on a third novel now. But I’m finding it incredibly hard this time around to shut off all the noise and just write.
Because here’s the thing. The truth I’ve only recently realized. I don’t just want to be a published author. I want to be a successful published author. There’s a difference, you know? A big difference.
Of course, then I have to figure out what success means to me. So I ask you – how would you define success for yourself? Is getting a book published success enough?
~Lisa, Miss Pinch Me I’m Pubbed