Yesterday I released my marketing book with moderate expectations. I expect it to do well because the information is unique and practical. I certainly didn’t expect anything dramatic.
Within six hours of it being officially for sale I took a peek at my stats to find that I was in the top 100 bestselling marketing books on Amazon. I was in such shock all I could do was stutter with adrenaline and dreams of wealth racing thru my brain. We went for a walk to calm down, and by the time we got back I had slid down three spots. As America went to bed I watched myself slide off the list, my heart sinking with my rank.
Talk about a rush! Of all the exciting things I have done in my life few can compare with watching Amazon stats. Since they are updated hourly, you can really watch yourself climb to the top and plunge to the bottom within a few hours. The same thing happened recently when I climbed 312,000+ ranks in two days with End of Mae. I was so excited and had visions of fame and fortune for days before it dropped back down to a normal level.
I’ve read critics of the ebook revolution saying that it’s full of spam books, collections of blog posts with little practical info in hopes that the author will score big fast. I know that there is some of that out there because it’s in my Kindle right now, but I don’t think it’s the norm. As people with big expectations to get rich quickly realize that this isn’t the way, they will drop off the map and go seek easy money elsewhere.
The rest of us that write for other reasons will still be here. I write because the connection between my fingers and my brain work much faster than the connection that runs to my mouth. Often what I’ve typed tells me what I’m thinking rather than the reverse. I write because I have to. It is the one thing that throughout my life has been there for me no matter what.
I’ve studied to be a hairdresser. I’ve gotten my realty license. I’ve been to three different colleges. I’ve worked in various industries from horticulture to restaurants. I’ve been homeless, and I’ve been wealthy. The one thing that is a dependable constant for me are words. You can lose everything you have in the world, but no one can take away your words.
That being said, I am still really stoked about my new book and am very excited to see what happens when I actually start promoting it. Sign me up for more xtreme authoring adventures. Whether I’m soaring to the top or plunging to the depths it is turning out to be an exciting ride. As I’ve heard people much cooler than me say, “This s*#%s real!”
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