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Bowling Avenue Outselling Fifty Shades of Grey. (In Nashville.) (On the West Side.)

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Dear Kay,
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!
Love,
Ann

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51 Comments

  1. Congratulations! So great that it is selling so well. Will you be reading the audio version??

  2. I’m glad that your book is selling so well. I know a few authors, so I am always so thrilled to see one of them doing well! It’s a hard job to have.

  3. I am among the many who have enjoyed all your books. I purchased your book on Kindle. While I hope to save energy (both mine and the world’s) I confess that my primary goal is to save space. I know that one day I shall move to a smaller place. I have trouble now with the books and the yarn. Since books can be virtual, and it is problematic with yarn, I am trying for a more virtual footprint.
    It might interest you to know that there are many free books available online. Some have some truly epic titles. I would be terribly disappointed to actually read some of them, but one of my favorite titles is: Occult Nazi Cheerleaders Storm Tibet. Who knows what is in it? Who cares?

  4. I am among the many who have enjoyed all your books. I purchased your book on Kindle. While I hope to save energy (both mine and the world’s) I confess that my primary goal is to save space. I know that one day I shall move to a smaller place. I have trouble now with the books and the yarn. Since books can be virtual, and it is problematic with yarn, I am trying for a more virtual footprint.
    It might interest you to know that there are many free books available online. Some have some truly epic titles. I would be terribly disappointed to actually read some of them, but one of my favorite titles is: Occult Nazi Cheerleaders Storm Tibet. Who knows what is in it? Who cares?

  5. Wow, glad to hear it’s doing so well. Or at least I think, it’s not like I know much about the publishing business, and this could really eb you telling all of us to buy the book again, so the sales would be better, but I don’t think so.
    Man that was a long sentence.

  6. I LOVE this book! Read it on my Kindle and have been telling everyone who will listen all about it. Please tell me there will be more!

  7. Yay!!! I am so pleased it is going so well and I’m interested to hear about the details of sales of print vs. ebook, and the involvement of small bookstores. Keep us updated!

  8. You could repay it by writing more. Just saying. I liked your book a lot. The characters were really well done and I liked how things happened. It was good.

  9. What Susan said! I loved it, and would love to read more from you!

  10. I made a real nuisance of myself last week at Malaprops …a pretty cool bookstore in Asheville, NC. (We were drooping our son Nils for his freshman year at Warren Wilson.)I didn’t leave until the manager agreed to contact you. I hope she wasn’t just humoring a pushy northerner.

  11. Dropping that is…although I was drooping with sadness in saying goodbye to the boy.

  12. Called YOUR LBS yesterday (my LBS didn’t ever get your book for me) and, it being Sunday, they weren’t open. Trying again this afternoon -“thisaftah” we used to say as children with our little Boston accents. By the way, I already own your (and Kay’s) two knitting books.

  13. Enjoyed reading Bowling Avenue very much–the kindle edition. I’ve recommended it to my book club and it’s on the list for next year. Looking forward to your next book, write fast!

  14. Ann,
    I think that we owed back taxes on all the support and good cheer you and Kay have already given us through M-DK. Cheerfully supporting a good book like Bowling Avenue was the least we could do! ; )
    Laura

  15. I read the print edition last spring with great delight, sent my copy to a friend (I rarely keep books any more), and entreated my favorite LBS to get some copies to sell. He actually did! And they’re selling! More delight.

  16. I read it and really enjoyed it — and since I ordered mine from the publisher it was a) signed by the auteur and b) in a cute little bag which I now keep my little knitting project in. Triple whammy!

  17. If you write another book, that will be reward for me!
    I read it on Kindle and then bought two copies,, one to give and one to keep. It’s worth the physical shelf space! Also Parnassus was quite a lovely LBS to work with: autograph, nice customer service, plus a Project Bag!

  18. Congratulations! Loved the book (Kindle edition), and wait eagerly for the next. A sequel? I also think there is a story in that postcard from Istanbul!

  19. You’re a Rock Star, Ann! for reals!

  20. How to repay all the enthusiastic help?? well, you’re stuck now. You have to write another one…

  21. I loved, loved, loved Bowling Avenue. I have already lent it to a friend. I want more adventures
    of Delia. You are a really great fiction writer.
    Very impressed – although I shouldn’t be surprised, based on the excellence of MDK books.

  22. Loved this book!

  23. Definitely the best book I read all summer!

  24. i can also add:
    number of copies lost at the historic “sea grape” motel in south padre, texas during a wedding weekend: 1
    a sad day, but a fair sacrifice to the mighty sea grape :-)

  25. There’s really only one way to repay us and that would be to write the sequel! Loved the book and very happy that it’s doing well.

  26. There’s really only one way to repay us and that would be to write the sequel! Loved the book and very happy that it’s doing well.

  27. There’s really only one way to repay us and that would be to write the sequel! Loved the book and very happy that it’s doing well.

  28. There’s really only one way to repay us and that would be to write the sequel! Loved the book and very happy that it’s doing well.

  29. Waiting for the sequel here too. I was wondering if all your friends and relatives are accusing you of using them for characters.Could be tricky! What do you say?

  30. Just ordered it from my LBS (local book store) and picked it up the other day. :) Can’t wait to dive in, but first I’m finishing up A Discovery of Witches.

  31. I really enjoyed the book on my kindle. I have a southern friend who introduced me to the concept if not the enjoyment of pimento cheese, and I was quick to point out that reference to her. And tell her to buy the book, of course.

  32. Repay US?! No way, no way. Us readers, we readers, who admire and envy your ability to write something (and something wonderful, to boot) need to be repaying YOU. Rock on.

  33. Very pleased for you, but (sigh) am I the only one who misses knitting?

  34. Loved the book. LOVED. IT. (I bought it for my Nook.)
    I also confess to trying to Google Map/Streetview the house.
    As a Middle Tennessean, I also feel obligated to point out that there was one home on Bowling Avenue that listed in the top 20 most expensive homes in Nashville according to this week’s Nashville City Paper.

  35. Number of Yanks who have read my copy of Bowling Ave: 3
    Number of those who liked it: 3
    Number of us who now understand Southerners better: 1.5
    As a result of reading your book, I now want to visit Nashville even more. You got me reading mysteries and quasi-mysteries all summer – The Weird Sisters, Gone Girl, and now Tana French.

  36. Oh, Ann! Repay? You have given us all so many happy hours. Truly. How many people can say of their lives that they gave so much pleasure for so little.
    And if I can gush just a little more without embarrassing you – or with, whatever! – I will go on about the cover. Who among us does not understand how important the cover is to the pleasure received from a wonderful book? A beautiful cover increases the anticipation of fun within. It is a joy to behold after you’ve finished, and understood some secret references, and then it is a source of pride when you hand the book on to the next reader.
    Your cover is SO RIGHT.
    PS +1 for next book, anytime you’re feeling it! xo and thank you again.

  37. So glad for you that Bowling Avenue is doing well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

  38. Loved the book! I purchased it on the Kindle. Once I was into it, I stopped reading it to finish on my vacation. I tried to read
    it slowly and savor every minute. Really enjoyed your “voice” in your writing. Please don’t stop writing!

  39. looking forward to the audio book. I will ‘read’ it and pass it around and then you will end up in the library system of Jacksonville, Florida….

  40. Soooo easy to repay -write another book!

  41. BA is still my fave read since Easter, beating even the popular Gone Girl (most recent novel finished). Still need to order a hard copy ~ can they get you in to sign it before they ship? XXO

  42. Selling your wares out of the back of your car is Le ne plus ultra of selling experiences. You have so much indy cred now you don’t ever need to smoke American Spirits. Many a hipster can not touch your cred.

  43. So glad to hear it’s doing so well. You know I just finished it and am absolutely CRAZY about it. I wish I were going to Southern Festival just so I could sit in the audience and making embarrassingly loud WOO HOO noises.

  44. So glad to hear that your book is selling well. I am thrilled to report that I purchased it (in print form), thoroughly enjoyed it (even though it was sadly rained on during a terribly loud and extremely windy thunderstorm on the beach; but rescued from the soaked beach bag and dried out to continue to enjoyable tale); and I have already talked it up to many people. I have 3 people lined up to read it, and it may make a book club circuit or 2 up here in South Central PA! :) I can’t wait for the next one! I do think that it is funny that I started reading your blog years ago when I was learning to knit from my aunt. I only knit dishclothes and scarves occasionally now since sewing and fabric stashing are bigger hobbies of mine, but I still love reading the blog – keep it up ladies!! :)

  45. I just ordered my “real” copy from Amazon, even though I received your download. This way, I can pass it around to my friends. That’s my evil plan anyway, starting with Knit Night on Tuesday’s where the wine comes out after closing.

  46. Hey Ann,
    Any book that outsells “Scaredy Squirrel” has got to be GOOD! Congrats :-)

  47. Bought the digital version to read on my vacation this past week. It was definitely an enjoyable read!!

  48. Hooray for the upcoming audiobook!!!

  49. Was just back in Nashville visiting family and picked up your book at Parnassus. Actually picked up a couple, because after reading only a few excerpts, I knew I wanted to get one for a friend. Loved it! Spreading the word here on the West coast. Please consider coming to Kepler’s in Menlo Park, or Books Inc. in Palo Alto for a reading! Ordered a couple more through the latter, but they said they probably wouldn’t be carrying it “at this time.” Hopefully that will change! Best from the West.

  50. Congratulations for the success of your book. I’ll look forward to seeing what you come out with. I would not doubt that because this is really awesome.

  51. I loved the book and am absolutely thrilled to see it outselling Shades of Gray. I’ve passed my copy on and it will travel through a large circle of fellow readers at my former job.