Over the weekend, I made the big announcement: my self-published memoir was now available!
I've been talking/writing about my memoir for ages. I put excerpts on my blog, I held a contest for free copies, I showed off the cool cover. People seemed excited. They commented. They "liked." They Retweeted. Readers from sites I write for told me that they loved my work, that they couldn't get enough of it.
Five days later, how many copies have I sold? Seven.
Not 70, not seven hundred. Seven.
I'm not sure what I was expecting. Double that maybe. Not that it's about numbers.
Okay, sometimes it's about numbers.
Social networking and tracking tools are great, but for obsessives like me, sometimes they're counter-productive. Is it really about the number of clicks or comments? Is a blog post with more comments better somehow? I know it's not. I know there are some pieces I write that get very few comments, but of which I feel more proud.
So if I know that about my short pieces, why do I feel disappointed about my book?
I've been trying to remind myself of some things:
Okay, done complaining now.