I’m beginning to regret this, but at the end of October I did report to you my e-book sales figures so I suppose I must continue. Sadly, it is not looking good – there’s barely enough in the Amazon coffers for a two-stick Twirl, let alone retirement to a tropical clime. But here goes: in November, I sold six copies of Edward Part 1, and one single little sad copy of Edward Part 2. Which makes me worry that Part 1 was not gripping enough to persuade people to move on to Part 2 – even with the will-they-won’t-they bromance brewing between Edward and Giles. (Only kidding, if you’re one of the readers who knows who they are.)
My husband – who of course says that I am the best writer in the world, as well as the best cook, so we know he’s lying – suggests that people might be worried that this is like one of those part-work magazines, where they don’t tell you at the outset that there are 475 parts to collect. If I said that there will be six parts in total, might that help? And people think that they have to have a Kindle to get e-books – although there is free software on Amazon to turn just about any device into a Kindle-ish.
My hopes are now pinned on Christmas. What MLRO or compliance officer of your acquaintance would not be delighted to receive a card with £2 sellotaped inside and strict instructions that it must be spent on these e-books? That’s a rhetorical question, before you all write in with the answer.