May 1, 2011 was questionably the most frustrating day this side of the sun, in the world of book sales. I was a walk-on vendor at Eastern Market this morning. I was completely unprepared but thanks to fellow vendors I had a chair and table in no time. I had my books, posters, pens and journals for sell.
Only people bought a book, and my goal for the day was 20. It may have been location but by the time I moved the rain wouldn’t stop and that’s just not good for books laying on a table with no tent to catch rain drops.
I just wanted to sell books! Instead, I was told that I was too young to write a memoir. And, when I replied that age has nothing to do with maturity or experience the people became upset in their tone of voice, and facial expressions.
When I was told that I had answered ALL of their questions but that their was still on thing preventing this one man from buying a book, (the word Christ) in the title, I replied, “Christ simply means anointed one”. The title, like much of my writing has or can have double meaning. It is the only reason I am a Lil’ Wayne fan. We have a similar gift with the double meaning of punch lines.
I explained that it didn’t have to mean Jesus Christ. Now, I publicly repent for that answer because it made it seem like I was saying the meaning is completely unrelated to Jesus, and that is not what I meant to convey.
What I am saying, is that to choose to overlook the book because of that is perhaps a mistake because the book is not a christian conversion. It is about my life, hence Memoir. A memoir is a short autobiographical piece of writing that is personal/first person and covers a specific topic or time period of the person’s life.
Russell Simmons’ is a Yogi, and yet, I still purchased his new book “Super Rich”. It changed my life in the first 35 pages. To be honest, it changed my life right in the introduction where there was dialogue between he and his brother Rev. Run about the book.
I was annoyed by how many people said that I was too young to write a memoir, demanded my “real name”, and even the people who came to the table with corrections. I have run out of marketing materials with the exception of these really dope pens that say, “Without Living water, we will forever thirst.”
At least 100 people passed up a free gift, pens! Who doesn’t want free pens? I have the good ones too. No, I was scolded by the lady for not having postcards. How about you buy a book, and then I’ll use the proceeds to re-order another batch? I have a goal, and until then, the pens, www.ressurrectiongraves.com www.youtube.com/ressurrectiongraves www.facebook.com/ressurrectiongraves and all of the other marketing will have to do. I am sorry if sounds harsh but I am not interested in “the opinions of man, many people like me just the way that I am.” – Identity Crisis Poem (You Tube)
And lastly, I was told that they didn’t want to buy a book because they didn’t “know” me. Excuse me people but it is my first memoir. Politely I said, “Google me.” When you go to the bookstore and you look on the book shelves, do you know these people?
Honestly, I’m tired of the insults. I have taken the deliberate time to create a marketing avenue such as this blog and the press release on the back of the book for you to determine if you like my style of writing and if you find the book to be an asset to your library.
I want book sales but not at the expense of readership. I want people to buy and read the book, even if it’s not right away. Last but, absolutely not least, it is really disrespectful to discredit my book because you don’t think it’s in retail stores.
I do not promote where the book is sold because I prefer you to get it from me. By the time the money gets back to me, I may make $1 off of every book and that does not feed my family.
The average author sells less than 5,000 books. We are talking about a specific published work not a collective. When an author sell 20,000 books that is considered an achievement. Only 5% of authors hit 100,000+ in book sales.
My point you ask? Whether I was signed to a major publisher, a print on demand company published my work or am self-published, if it is a good book why not promote it?
How many books do you walk past in a B&N or a Border’s before you find what interests you? Whether my book, Identity Crisis, Identity Christ Is: A Journey to Love is in Borders or not, does not add credibility to me. Having money and the right resources put the book in the store. If I ask you to buy a book, or read the back, you do not have to tell me what I should be doing to satisfy your credibility of me. Instead contribute to the dream, buy the book and prayerfully, be inspired to talk about it. It’s everywhere, and with optimism I can help you to share it.
Empires are built out of the back of cars. I hope your respect my vision and build with me by purchasing your signed book from www.ressurrectiongraves.com (shopping cart coming soon) or when you see me out and about.