One of the things I hope my blog can be used for--in addition to making great friends, processing what I read, and being the place I dump all my thoughts out on--is spreading the word about great works of art. Great books that simply aren't getting the attention they should from their publisher, the public, etc. There's a tiny bit of evangelist in me...when I love something, I simply can't help it, I want everyone else to love it, too. Or at least know that it exists so that they can decide if they want to love it, too.
The first time I made a really conscious effort to help a book sell was with Nothing but Ghosts. I was really nervous about it...could my tiny little blog really make a difference? Would I be making a fool out of myself and letting Beth down if this didn't work? Thankfully, I had the support of the very wonderful and gracious Lenore and so many of you...thanks for trusting me enough to part with some of your money.
Every time I read a positive review, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I was just rereading parts of the book the other day for my online book club and savoring again just how beautifully written it is. I am a bit of a Beth Kephart fangirl. :)
Anyway, I feel like I owe it to you to tell you the results...so here they are! Out of a goal of 200, we reached 60.
To be honest, I'm actually kind of amazed. I mean, I know one of those was my mother (thanks Mom!) but thinking about it....60 is pretty darned good! It's not 200...but I can only hope that people will continue to spread the word about Nothing but Ghosts. Because I mean it when I say this book needs bloggers and influencers...it needs you and me to continue to tell others. It's a good book if you're uncertain about the YA area of books. (I refuse to call it a genre...saving it for a later post!)
And what's really cool is that people bought the book in all sorts of different ways. Amazon, the Kindle, Sony ebooks, Barnes & Noble, their local independent book shops, the Book Depository, etc.
So a huge thank you to everyone who bought Nothing but Ghosts. If you haven't read it yet, I hope that you really enjoy it when you do. If you didn't buy it...well it's too late for the drive, but it's never too late to buy the book!
Also if anyone missed it, I have an interview with Beth Kephart up over at Beth Fish Reads as part of her literary road trip! Go read it so you can see just how awesome she is! ;)
PS Over at The Good, the Bad, and the Unread Wendy the Super Librarian posted about whether or not a blogger can make a book. I agree with her conclusions...we can't. But hopefully we can help really awesome books find more readers.