Death of the “local” customer
As I have discussed before, the e-book revolution sort of took me by surprise. I still like paper books, but I’m coming to realize that every day I cling to them is another day for me to look like a guy on horseback on a freeway.
And I’m still trying to get a grip on who the demographic is for Immortal. So far I’ve settled on: people who read sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, historical fiction, or any combination thereof; people who like vampires; dudes. I am now adding “People who do all of their reading on the Kindle” to the list.
Then there are the international buyers. Since I’ve done nearly all of my promoting online– on Twitter and Facebook and Goodreads, mainly– it’s only reasonable to expect that some of the people I interest in the novel are going to be people outside of the United States.
So it would have been awesome if I had expected it.
What would be great is if I could go to the Powers That Be with numbers, rather than anecdotes. I would also be deeply curious to see how embedded the Kindle has become to the reading world, and whether I really am a horseman on a highway. Plus, I found this really cool poll option in my WordPress toolbar, and I couldn’t resist trying it out.
[Note: I know not everyone will be buying the book, and I’m okay with that. Should you be struck with the urge to vote “Other” and fill in the box with some variant of “You Suck”… I understand. I was young once too.]