So there I was, downtrodden about the lack of new sales of Elementary Magic on Amazon so I flipped over to facebook and looked at Pixel of Ink and saw a nice woman in a sombrero commenting that she is a fantasy book reader and she was “still waiting” for fantasy books to be mentioned on Pixel of Ink’s bargains…
Yesterday, I read a post about marketing for indies – I think it was on Author Mingle, and someone asked what they should be doing to promote their books. The reply was: tell one person per day about your book. Sounded simple enough, but it’s not something I generally do (my own neurosis, I know…)
So I debated telling the nice lady with the sombrero about my book – currently priced at 99 cents on Amazon, but I didn’t want to post it on Pixel of Ink so I clicked on the nice lady’s name, went to her page, and typed the comment. I was at the end of the line, so I hit my return key out of habit and BAM posted it on her page.
Then the little icon lit up at the bottom of the screen – saying it would be posted on Pixel of Ink as well –
OH, CRAP! Now I’ve done it.
Feeling like a complete jerk because I honestly, honestly, honestly didn’t mean to do that I then proceeded to send a message to the nice lady with the sombrero apologizing for my bad manners and obviously poor technological skills and now I know I will obsess for the next twenty-four hours that I have committed some horrible sin that will end my writing career.
So why am I posting about it? Because I haven’t been able to stop laughing since I did it. Not only do I feel like a moron – and have apologized for being a moron – but I did do one thing right: I told somebody about my book. Somebody who think’s I’m a crazy neurotic compulsive apologizer who should have my keyboard locked up, but I told someone and after all, the first step is admitting you have a problem. Will I tell somebody about it tomorrow? Only if I don’t get a barrage of hate mail from Pixel of Ink.
UPDATE: I figured out how to delete my accidental post and sent an email to Pixel of Ink to announce my sale the legitimate way. The funny thing is, while I was trying to figure out how to do that, someone bought the book and sent me a message on facebook 🙂