So, it’s Monday night, and the full effects of the big Sunday sale are now apparent. What a rush. I spent most of Sunday driving around Miami so as to toast the publication of The Grind Show with different family members. Brunch at Grace’s, where pink champagne and arrepas were served, followed by a visit to my aunt and grandma so that we could toast on their balcony once more. Finally got home around 7pm, and so as to avoid simply watching the clock Grace and I engaged in a furious burst of living room re-arrangement, which has resulted in a much more awesome and dynamic space. Go us, and pre-sale jitters.
8pm rolled around. All my browser tabs were open. Grace began to play a ferocious drum song by Rusted Root, and when the clock silently ticked over to mark the hour, we began to leap around and dance. Ah, how to express the exhilaration? My book was being sold across the globe. People were paying money to buy what I had written. Everywhere, The Grind Show was being purchased. It was a strange, surreal, delirious moment, an instance of pure potential. Perhaps only five copies were being bought, or fifty, or five hundred. Who knew? In that moment, it didn’t matter. Just that I had finally taken that step.
Half an hour later the business of refreshing my sales report page began in earnest. Nothing changed until about ten, when suddenly an avalanche (OK, a landslide) of sales rushed in. Over the next hour the number continued to creep up, till the rate dropped to about one sale every ten minutes around eleven. A choice was before me: to stay up and continue to watch, or just go to bed and get all the news at once come the morning.
I opted to hit the sack. My Amazon rank hadn’t changed, holding fast at around 30,000 or so. I lay down, tried to sleep, but around five in the morning was awoke by a mosquito. I have never leaped from bed so joyously. I killed it in less than a minute, and then stumbled over to my laptop to check the news:
#2,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#33 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Magic & Wizards
#55 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Fantasy > Contemporary
#71 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
Incredible! My sales hadn’t shot up much since I’d last checked, but apparently my novel was in the top 3,000 all of all Kindle sales! Looking at Facebook I saw that it had actually ranked higher a few hours before, but had begun its slow and inexorable slide once the spate of purchases had abated.
In the morning, I checked in again. Five hours had passed, and now I was ranking:
#3,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#42 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Magic & Wizards
#69 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Fantasy > Contemporary
#94 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
And so it went over the rest of the day, my ranks slowly ebbing as more sales trickled in. Being so listed didn’t translate into huge sales from strangers as I had hoped, but rather generated a constant rate of sales that have kept me afloat all day long. As of now, I’m ranked:
#4,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#54 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Magic & Wizards
#99 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Fantasy > Contemporary
Come tomorrow morning, I imagine I’ll have slipped off both sub-categories altogether, and be ranking around #9,000 in the Paid in Kindle Store list.
So did my promotional plan work? Did concentrating the purchases of friends and family result in a huge burst in sales whose momentum became self-sustaining? Not quite. Sales today have been steady but very slow. However, a number of them seem to have gone to strangers–or friends of friends–such that I hope the new visibility has had some effect, and that word of mouth might have already begun. Here are two reviews whose authors I do not recognize:
W.T. Funady (5 stars):
Tucker is a rising star. I downloaded it last night and read it straight through. It has been years since a book has gripped me so hard that I skipped a night of sleep rather than wait to find out what happen next. You must read this book!
PjM (4 stars):
I purchased this book less than 12 hours ago and have consumed it entirely. It’s that good of a read. Read it on the commute to work, during lunch, on the commute home and through dinner.
I put it down only to teach several periods today.
Tucker creates an energetic, fast-paced world that draws the reader in and doesn’t let up until the final chapter. Clever writing filled with abundant metaphors help to bring the characters to life. More than a few nods to current pop culture make the world feel real as an alternate reality – or one hidden beneath our own.
Any fan of fantasy, fiction or action – hell anyone who enjoys a good piece of fiction will want to read this book.
I look forward to another installment in this compelling world.
So did it work? Hell yes. I had a deliriously fun night, I saw friends and family come forward like I couldn’t believe to support my work, sold a large number of books and for a moment was ranked higher than I would have thought possible. What an incredible experience. Now of course comes the work: spreading the word, garnering book reviews, ensuring that this momentum doesn’t flag, and beginning work on book #2.
But for now, ah. Absolutely delightful. So to each and every one of you that came through and purchased a novel, I can only tender my most heartfelt thanks, and sincerely hope that you enjoy the hell out of my book.