Bowling Avenue Outselling Fifty Shades of Grey. (In Nashville.) (On the West Side.)
August 27, 2012
Just wanted to give a quick update on my novel. This has been such a great summer, getting to be in touch with everybody who’s been stopping in on Bowling Avenue. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read it, tell a friend about it, review it online. You know what the Department of Homeland Security says: “If you read something, say something.”
By the Numbers
Days since June 6 publication date: 80.
Days since June 6 publication date until book broke even: 6.
Percentage of sales that are print edition: 50
Percentage of sales that are ebook: 50
Number of books in a carton: 30
Number of trees saved due to ebook purchases: Absolutely no clue, but here’s an interesting article about trees and books.
Percentage of sales out of the back of my car: .5%.
Forbes articles that are excellent overviews of what’s happening in indie publishing: 1 (Here.)
Articles I’ve written about my indie publishing experience: 2 (Here and here.)
Sales rank all summer at Parnassus Books, Nashville: 1.
Boatloads of appreciation going out toward Parnassus Books: 3.
Number of 16′ x 16′ bookstores carrying Bowling Avenue: 1. (That would be East Side Story, a new bookstore run by this cheerful pair. Just opened its door a few weeks ago. You can read about it here.) This is the most unusual bookstore I have ever seen. It is certainly the most cheerful place I’ve ever seen. Chuck emails me with news about my sales, about what’s going on in the shop. His goal is to focus on local authors, and judging by his first weeks, he is doing a bang-up job of that.
Number of people who have said they know “exactly who every character in the book really is”: 2.
Exact location of Bowling Avenue: Right between George Bernard Shaw and Sidney Sheldon. (At the Monteagle Assembly Library.)
Price of print edition on Amazon: $11.30. The Algorithm Keeper hath delivered unto us a recession-friendly 33% lower price, right here. The $5.65 you save can easily go toward yarn. Or chocolate. Or another book.
Southern Festivals of Books I’ll be attending: 1 (Friday, Oct. 12 at the Authors in the Round dinner, and a reading on Saturday, Oct. 13)
Days until the audio edition is available: 90. (November 15? Maybe sooner. The good news in all this is that the audio edition will be a co-venture with The Rockethouse, the superclassie production company run by a great friend, Matt Thompson. And former Nashvillian Landy Pupo-Thompson will be involved, which pegs the meter on fun. They’re in Scotland; I’m in Nashville. It’s long-distance locavore publishing, I guess.
Again, thanks so much for all the support and good cheer. I wish I knew how to repay it!