“You made it so easy.” The woman on the other end of the phone laughed. She was referring to an email I’d sent to friends about Barnes And Noble’s holiday 20% discount on my books. I sent the message more for vanity than for sales. I was tickled to see my novel, Heart Land, promoted in a banner with writers of greater note, like Michelle Obama.
Seeing the good company I was keeping, my friend bought Trompe l’Oeil, the one novel she hadn’t read. Now she has the complete set. Heart Land, Gothic Spring, Trompe l’Oeil and Ballet Noir.
To Kill a Mockingbird, the nation’s favorite novel, has been around much longer than my books. So, I don’t see ”date of publication” as an impediment to sales. In last three weeks, 15 copies of my titles have found new homes. The numbers don’t put me on the New York Times Best Seller List. On the other hand, if my blog readers around the globe bought just one copy, I bet the newspaper might snap to attention.
If this blog sounds like a commercial, it is. The other half of writing books is selling them. If I can’t pitch to my readers, then to whom?
As my friend said, I’ve made purchases easy. Just click on to my publishing company, Rutherford Classics. Scroll through the book descriptions. Find a title(s) of interest and click on the cover. A “buy” button will appear at the bottom, one for Amazon and one for Barnes and Noble. Take advantage of the B&N sale if it’s still on. Otherwise, $2.99 for an eBook is always a good price.
Many of you have already given me your support. I acknowledge that and thank you. Still, in this season of giving, I hope to be pardoned for seeking an introduction to some of your friends.