…is one of the most overused of cliches but it gives a sense of how I am feeling right now.
Many times in life we don’t know why things happen – sometimes there is no specific reason, it’s just the way the universe is made that randomness abounds. Other times we can trace specific causes. I am wondering right now what the cause of my shock and awe is, because I’d sure like to replicate it.
What am I talking about? Well, yesterday I sold over 160 books. I’d never sold more than twenty before in a day, usually about 5-10. So where did this huge spike come from? I don’t know for sure. Here are some possible culprits, all of which arrived on 9 January 2013:
This is a bargain book post for Eden Plague on EReaderNewsToday, a popular site for free and bargain books.
This is an author interview I did that was put up on the same day.
I also started a round of ads on small blogs on the very same day. My wife continued twitter and facebook marketing and said the 9th was a very active day.
And my friend and author BV Larson said he had a book, Technomancer,
spike sales 300% or more that day, leading him to speculate that Amazon had perhaps done some advertising that included both books.
And ultimately there is the Lord and prayer. I don’t subscribe to a vending machine God concept, but I do believe He listens to us and, like a loving father, gives us good things that are in our best interests. I’ve worked hard these past nine months and I think the Lord rewards hard work as well. Writing has revitalized my life and my relationships with people, and has shown me the light at the end of the tunnel of that dead-end job feeling I’ve had since leaving the military. It has given my wife and me something to work toward together hand in hand, something every husband likes (or should). All those things are interwoven in the “why”.
So I can’t answer for sure; I’ll just have to keep on writing and plugging away and see whether today was a fun fluke, or a prelude to things to come.