If you do not win one of the two copies of this book, please go to Amazon and purchase your copy there. Click here for the link. Following is an excerpt from the author’s blog to celebrate and document the publication of her first book, Did I Expect Angels? http://didiexpectangels.blogspot.com:
I mentioned in another post that my magic number is 250. This is not quite the case. 250 is a milestone, but not the milestone. If I sell 250 (no more than 125 that I buy myself, so I can’t inflate my numbers too much) I qualify for “Reader’s Choice” designation, which is another symbol to get affixed to the back cover. On February 12, I achieved this designation. This is more exciting because as of February 12 I had purchased only 60 copies myself; 190 of them were purchased by you, dear readers! Thank you!
At this point, the only thing “Reader’s Choice” does for me is qualify me for their bimonthly marketing emails. I’m doing a whole lot of marketing on my own, so they aren’t that great. Well, I also get another graphic on my back cover.
The real magic number is 500. Again, 250 of them must be purchased commercially. So I could purchase 250 books myself and try to unload them at events and have those books count toward the 500 number, but I really don’t want to do that. I buy about 20 books at a time to send to blogs and reviewers and marketers and my publicists, but I don’t want to have a gigantic box or five under my desk at work. I certainly don’t have room for them at home. But once I sell 500 copies, I qualify for the “Star” program, which puts the book into “regional, and perhaps national” B&N placement. Yes, there’s a “perhaps” there, but…I’m counting on it. I have also been told that if you can sell 500 copies you can probably get the attention of a major publisher, who just might be impressed at your gumption and ability to market your self-published book so much they might want to take it on (i.e., give you a contract!!) and see what can happen with *real* marketing dollars. So…as of February 12, we were at 190.
Let’s help her reach her goal! Her book is certainly good enough!
Anyone who posted a link on their blog got an extra entry at the end of all the other entries (if their post for whatever reason didn’t pingback in the comments). So without further ado…(hang on, I have to go do the random number generator thingy)
Okay, commenters number 28 and 40…let me go look…
#28 – Gautami Tripathy! Yay yay! *thunderous clapping*
#40 – Cindi Hoppes! Yay! *more thunderous clapping*
Congratulations, ladies! I’ll be contacting you by email to get your snail mail address.
Stay tuned…I’ll be giving away another book in less than a week!