What if The Last Observer took off? I mean really took off. If it sold, hundreds of thousands of copies. I have been just occasionally letting myself dream such things in the hope that, if I think and believe it, it will happen. Funny though because this thought is always rapidly followed by that other little voice that says ‘You stupid bugger! Who would buy your book?‘ It’s that second little voice that stops us all from dreaming too much but actually, if we listened to it too much, we would never do anything at all.
I set myself a goal with The Last Observer. It is this – minimum 3000 copies sold. 3000 isn’t that big of a number is it? Actually, I do think 300,000 would be achievable if only I could get the book into people’s hands. Everyone who has read it says the same thing…. it draws you in. Herbie Brenna read it and said this ‘I didn’t think I’d have time for more than a glance, but it pulled me in. Well done.‘ Today, I saw a review by WitchHazel and she says this… ‘I love a book that draws you in and lets you submerge yourself in the world it creates around you, much like Stan, but this book had me actually leaning in, desperate to turn the page and find out more.‘ I am pretty sure that this book has the je ne sais quoi that could tip the balance into it being a good seller. SC Vincent said ‘This slim volume packs a thought provoking punch and is an addictive read. The fast paced story leads the reader through the twists and turns of the plot with a feel of being caught within the story. As indeed we are.‘
What I do need is simply channels to get the message to market. It needs that viral word of mouth component to help it take off. That’s what I will be imagining then from now on in… a little book that goes viral and steps above the other millions of books in reaching an audience. Perhaps you can all help me by writing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads etc. and by telling all of your friends?