I took a look at my Bookscan numbers for last week (they are sent to me every Tuesday by my esteemed agent) and they are pretty much double or better than the numbers the previous week. Which is interesting, since the only thing I can think of that happened to raise them was that I had a birthday. But that doesn’t really make sense. People reading my blog and twitter feed are mostly fans already, so the offer of a free short story over the weekend doesn’t seem likely to have put my sales up that much in a single day (Bookscan is accounted for a calendar week, and is compiled on Mondays and put out on Tuesday) so something happened the week before that about which I know nothing. Whatever it was raised my books back out of the the first quarter slide into second quarter doldrums that they usually take.
Backlist usually rises just before a new release and these numbers aren’t so amazing and spectacular that they will make anyone gasp in unalloyed joy (most of the titles rose from the 40s and 50s in a week to near or just over 100 copies sold the next week in the major chains.) What pricks up my ears is that I can’t see anything that I did or that happened independently of me that caused a sudden rise in interest in my books. Not that I’m complaining, but since I’m as insecure as the next writer, I’m always trying to figure out what makes an impression on the buying public and if I can help that along.
But I have no ideas on this one. Do you?