I frequently question why I continue to blog. This community can result in drama that can cause pain, heartbreak, and self-doubt. There are bullies who use hate and vitriol to cover up their own crippling insecurities and lonely existences. You’ll find liars and charlatans and snakes in the grass. It has turned into an increasingly dangerous place to talk and share about one’s life. But until the negatives far outweigh the benefits, I will be here, I will be honest, and I will write.
One reminder of the benefits of being a part of this community came over the last two weeks as I marketed the book I published on August 19th, Interviews with Dead Celebrities. I tried to limit myself to two posts a day on Twitter and Facebook each so that I wasn’t inundating everyone, and the support from friends, readers, fans, and followers was virtually palpable. I saw retweets on Twitter and links on Facebook and posts on other sites, all talking about Interviews with Dead Celebrities. This post is my reminder why I blog and my opportunity to thank everyone who has shown support so far.
This Labor Day weekend, I’m doing another promotion with Amazon.com, and it will be the last one until November. Through Monday, the ebook version is available for free. If you have a Kindle, you can read it there, and if you don’t, you can read it in your browser, on your phone or iPad, or on your computer with the Kindle apps available. In addition, on Thursday, the paperback version became available through Amazon, for the marginally low price of $9.99. If you don’t like ebooks or just love the feeling of a book in your hand, now you can read my dark and morbid interviews with celebrities anywhere from your toilet to someone else’s toilet (and there is an exclusive foreword unavailable in the Kindle version!).
Over the last two weeks, the Kindle version was purchased over 100 times. During the free download promotion last weekend, it was “purchased” almost 1700 times. At one point, it reached #7 on Amazon’s best seller list for free Kindle books in the “Humor” category and #220 on the best seller list for all free Kindle books of all types. Thank you to everyone who bought or downloaded the book to this point!
When the book first came out, I emailed a group of friends and asked for them to review it on Amazon. I was hoping that they’d enjoy it and give it good reviews, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that 21 people, not all people that I know, have now reviewed the book and given it four or five stars. Have you read it yet? If so, please please please go review the book – reviews are one way for unfamiliar audiences to decide if a book is worth picking up, so your objective review of my book is essential to its success. Thank you to those of you who have already reviewed it!
To create this book, I compiled 40 of the interviews that I’ve done over the last few years and reformatted and edited them, added new information including biographies and photos, and then wrote 16 new interviews that would not be available on Avitable.com, to make it a worthwhile purchase for those of you who have been reading me for a while. In the book, you’ll find brand new interviews with Lucille Ball, Phil Hartman, Helen Keller, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, Aaliyah, Mark Twain, Amelia Earhart, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Joe Paterno, Nora Ephron, Princess Diana, and myself.
Thank you to Tracey and Amy over at MamaPop for letting me post an exclusive excerpt on their site, the only place that you can read my interview with Heath Ledger online.
Thank you to Becky at Mommy Wants Vodka for letting me accidentally capitalize on Friday’s anniversary of Princess Diana’s death (I really had no idea) by posting my interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, only otherwise available in the book.
Thanks to Beth at The Hungry Freelancer for interviewing me and also for being one of my oldest friends and very first blog readers ever.
Thanks to Karen for interviewing me and making me talk about what scares me in life.
A big thank you to Angella for being the first person I know to post about the book online.
Thank you to Nuala Reilly, a fellow author who has been an amazing cheerleader.
And, finally, thank you to Rob Kroese, whose success as an author has always inspired me and whose book Mercury Falls remains one of the funniest and most interesting books I’ve ever read (and who has a second book out and a third coming out in the fall), for writing the introduction to the paperback version of Interviews with Dead Celebrities. It’s worth buying just to read that!
Huge kudos and thanks to everyone who has talked about the book on Twitter or Facebook, and to anyone I may have missed who wrote a post (let me know in the comments). The love and support has been motivating and uplifting and given me all types of squishy awesome feelings. And yes, that is a pen in my pocket. LOVE AND BONERS TO ALL!