With today’s official publication of Lucy Nichol’s book “A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes” (which I’ve pre-ordered and am really looking forward to reading), the next scheduled offering in the Trigger Press “Inspirational Series” is now “Today, Just Like Yesterday” written by yours truly.
I’m thrilled that I will be working with Hope Virgo on the promotion of the book – Hope’s book “Stand Tall Little Girl” was the first in the series mentioned in the previous paragraph. It is a remarkable story, powerfully told by a genuinely inspiring young woman. We’d been in regular contact well before Hope took on her role within Trigger Press; so from a personal point of view, the timing of her appointment couldn’t have been better.
Some of you have been kind enough to agree to help “spread the word” – for which I am extremely grateful – and if anyone else is willing to share future posts and messages, please just leave a comment or drop me a line. Any and all support means such a lot.
I recently became aware that Amazon has a number of categories or genres through which books are rated (presumably according to sales), so this morning I inadvertently (and equally deliberately) looked on my pre-order page to see if my book had attracted an early rating…
“Today, Just Like Yesterday” is currently 1,912,091st in the Amazon book charts…
You can just imagine the celebrations.
The book was further defined as being a biography, within the general social and health category, and specifically concerned with depression and mental health. In this chart, I have shot up to no.809.
Quick … more Prosecco.
A quick glance at the business end of the chart revealed that paperback, hardback and Kindle versions all attract individual ratings, meaning that many titles appear multiple times. Basically what I’m saying is that if each title featured just the once I could conceivably (without a hint of unwarranted exaggeration) be bubbling just under the top ten despite the book being seven weeks away from publication.
Anyway, amongst the fine pieces of work within the current top hundred is Jonny Bairstow’s “A Clear Blue Sky” – bowling at Jonny (a fellow former pupil of St Peter’s, York) was one of my 100 “challenges” back in 2014. Lucy’s book appears at no.24, which is really impressive. Chris Young’s “Walk a Mile” is at no.47, with Hope completing a trio of Trigger Press authors at no.58.
So whilst I’m not fully aware of exactly what “promotion” entails, it would appear that the Trigger Press team is very good at making potential readers aware of their authors – as well as producing books of real quality and depth (as witnessed by the many positive reviews).
In truth, my reasons for wanting to tell my story never included things like sales and ratings. It is possible to sell a dozen copies and have a lasting impact on someone … yet I could sell 1,000 and positively affect no one. I would pick the former every time…
However, I do appreciate that by definition there has to be a commercial element to the process, and I am certain that Hope and I will work really well together to make the book as visible and available as possible. I recognise that with every sale, the profile of dysthymia will grow … and that has to be a good thing given what I believe is a general lack of awareness of the condition.
The messages that it is fine to talk about mental health, as it is equally fine to ask for help will also be highlighted; and anyone who has followed my “adventures” over the past four years will be well aware how these themes have underpinned the challenges, and given me the resolve to keep going through the tougher times.
Today’s blog started with Lucy Nichol’s book and it’s only fitting that it should end in the same way. Congratulations on the publication of “An Unfortunate Series of Stereotypes” Lucy. From what I’ve read of your blogs, I know the book will be superbly written … good luck with everything!