Akersville needs a motto. How about "Grim Reality Since 1972"
Borders conspires to make me look bad. This morning the number of Borders in Chicagoland to have Dead of Veridon has doubled. My agent believes that the whole chain is having trouble with their supply line, so expect the numbers to pop up sporadically.
Also, I'd like to point out that The Horns of Ruin is still doing decent numbers. Not huge numbers, but consistent, comfortable numbers. This in spite of the fact that it can't be found in most bookstores. It's developed some kind of inertia of readers who are seeking it out despite the fact that it's not in their local big box. I think I have a lot of independent booksellers out there to thank for that inertia. That and the liquidation at Borders. At least one reviewer said he picked the book up on a whim at a Borders that was closing. If that flood of purchases leads to wider readership and positive word of mouth, that's a good thing.
So. It's not all grim and gray here in Akersville. I think too many writer's blogs are either an unending flood of delusional self-promotion, or just depressing. I realize I come off as depressing sometimes, but I try to look at the simple realities of the industry, and I try to be honest with my readership. Sometimes those realities are depressing. Sometimes they're serendipitous. Sometimes they're just numbers.
Today I'm just excited about what I'm writing. You will be, too. Trust me on this one.