Monday, 16 February 2009
"oh, i am a young published novelist, my life is so hard, i have so much to complain about"
more reviews of The Bird Room by:
Lee Rourke (The Independent)
Francesca Segal (Guardian Online)
Adam Coates (Internettle Soup)
Sameer Rahim (this week's TLS -- not online, just the contents page; was kind of 'damning', said something like 'not funny enough or smart enough' at the end.)
Jenn Ashworth (in an email: "... it was much darker than I thought it would be. Which was a good thing. It was sort of nasty, in some ways - which I mean in a good way too.")
i think that is all the reviews 'done with' now.
i'm not sure why i typed the reviewers names -- maybe i was thinking that they might find this blog post if they were googling themselves, the same way i have been googling "chris killen" + "the bird room" the past however many days.
i have been 'frantically' looking at the amazon sales rank number (about four or five times a day) too. it peaked at around 2,500ish, a few days ago. yesterday it was at about 17,000. i think today, the last time i looked, it had dropped to 27,000ish.
i feel that the 'initial flurry of excitement' is over now.
(possible) future sales will be determined by 'word of mouth' from now on, i think, or a nomination for a prize (ha), or something unrelated which generates publicity -- a 'controversial' appearance on a daytime TV quiz show, or a 'violent accidental death' or something.
i have to just sort of 'come back down to earth' and 'carry on with my life' now, i think.
yoga, learning a musical instrument, swimming, buying innocent smoothies, better posture, a haircut, special face cream, moving flats -- something like that.
*note: i feel this is maybe my most 'obnoxious' post ever. i feel this is post 1 in my 100-step plan to destroy first my blog and then my 'career'.