Maybe it's weird or brand-ish to celebrate essentially marketing numbers like this? IDK. Losing my author platform really made me worried I wouldn't be able to convince a publisher I could move copies. It matters a lot to how they acquire a book— what your advance is, how they place it on their list (and thus your access to their sales and marketing channels which you can't get by other means). That kind of thing.

So these numbers end up being important in terms of how hard I can push when it comes time to make the book sale.

It feels weird to say so, but I have a non-zero chance at the big leagues. Based on feedback I'm getting, this book could be a heavy hitter. It really could.

It's weird talking about my life when a lot of what preoccupies me right now is building a marketing platform that can't be taken away and also waiting to get edits back from my agent.


What comforts me just a tad is that book marketing (outside of non-fiction self-published kindle sales) is reasonably difficult to find concrete info about. On the off chance anyone is interested...

Here's a case study involving Little Fires Everywhere and how it was marketed:


Your First Thousand Copies (Tim Grahl; more focused on non-fiction but still useful):

(Note that the second is geared toward funneling you into a class, but knowing that is part of a strategy is also Useful Info)

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