My recent book, Leaves of Fall, had a good release. I had a bunch of tweets, all the bloggers who signed up to help posted, I got great reviews, and my giveaway had a lot of entires. The support was awesome. The only real bummer was sales of the actual book really sucked. Pre-orders sucked pretty well, too. It left me feeling conflicted. On one hand, I was happy with the release, but on the other, more sales would have been nice and I felt hurt that more family and friends wouldn't shell out 99cents for my book.
People are willing to rain down support when there's no money involved, but as soon as that price tag pops up, crickets chirp. And I get it. This post isn't really me complaining, "Why won't people buy my books???? Woe is me!" I know because I am the same. I've seen something I want, looked at the price and said, "NOPE!"
We all wish we had enough cash to spend it whatever or on whoever we want. But we don't. And understanding this and knowing I do it as well really helped with dealing with lack luster sales. It's nothing personal, not a slight against me or my writing. It's just life. Like bad reviews, crappy sales happen. Realizing and accepting that, honestly, makes me feel better.
What are your thoughts on this? Am I on to something? Got a different opinion?