Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Remote Sales & PR Departments

When I offered up my book for pre-order my mother sent an email saying, "I want ten."  That email was soon followed by an email saying, "No, I want twenty.  I'll sell them at work."

Very very early this morning I got an email from her telling me that she only had 2 or 3 left.  She wondered should she possibly need more could she get them before Christmas?   That email was followed an hour later with one asking, "How about 5 - 7 more books before Christmas?"  Later in the afternoon she sent me an email which read, "I was thinking that maybe you could send 10 - 15 books if you are able to.  Let me know the chances of getting them."  Then she wrote some very nice things relating to how well the book is being received, etc. 

The very last paragraph of that email consists of a single sentence which states that yesterday my father sent my book to Oprah. 

My father, who could bench press your father, sent something to Oprah Winfrey yesterday. 

I imagine after reading this you will want them for your own parents, but I am sorry, my brother & I beat you to them.  


  1. If you and the book get on Oprah in the waning months of the show... jeez, your Amazon ranking will go through the roof! Seriously - that was a good idea on your dad's part. Does he know that Rosie is 'a friend of the show' at the Pannikin? Hmmm... all about the networking.

  2. I don't have the book on Amazon, nor do I know what an Amazon ranking is. Is this stuff I should know?

    My parents don't live around here- so they're not in on the Rosie thing. If I ever meet Oprah though I'll be able to say to her, "Isn't that Rosie a nice lady?!"

  3. Re: Amazon ranking (from Amazon) -

    What Sales Rank Means:
    As an added service for customers, authors, publishers, artists, labels, and studios, we show how items in our catalog are selling. The lower the number, the higher the sales for that particular item. The calculation is based on sales and is updated each hour to reflect recent and historical sales of every item sold on We hope you find the Sales Rank interesting!

    What Category Sales Ranks Mean:
    While Sales Rank is a good indicator of how well a product is selling overall, it doesn't always indicate how popular an item is among other similar items. Our category sales ranks were created to highlight those categories where an item really stands out. We choose a few categories where the item has a high ranking in relation to other items in that category, and showcase them on the product page. Like Sales Rank, these category rankings are based on sales and updated every hour.