Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The worst thing about publishing a book


Everybody is a busybody.

Now that movie studios announce their weekend "gross" for examination, evaluation and comment by the public as well as by professionals, it seems that most of the world's population has an intense desire to know the details of every commercial enterprise.

When people learn that I've written and published some books, the instant reaction is "how many have you sold?"

These are friends, relatives and complete strangers who would not likely ask about my salary or net worth, but they think it's fine to ask about my book sales.

The honest answer is that I don't know how many I've sold. And at this early stage -- with only a minimum amount of promotion on one book and none on two others -- I don't even care how many I've sold. I expect to gradually build sales and have a steady income over a period of years. Other folks seem to expect an instant best-seller.

So while the truthful answer to the question is "I don't know," I really feel like saying "None of your damn business."

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