I Am the Daily Deal
My book, Life from Scratch, was chosen as the Daily Deal today on Amazon. (I wanted to rename the twins Amazon I and Amazon II in gratitude to the site for all of their help in getting books into reader’s hands, but for some reason, the kids balked). For 24 hours — from midnight to midnight (Pacific time) — they are offering the book at a discount.
I’ve spent days watching each Daily Deal pop up, and it feels a little bit like the trophy ceremony the Wolvog just had when they ended spring baseball season. Each child stepped up and the coach spoke about him for a moment, and we applauded each kid not to unnaturally inflate their self-esteem, but because hard work should be acknowledged. For some kids, it’s what makes them try again vs. walk away; knowing that someone out there celebrates their work.
Being chosen by Amazon is similar. Authors need those accolades sometimes in order to show up and try again. If the book hadn’t been well-received, would I have written the sequel? Perhaps not. And the saddest thing of all is that there are written works which are well-liked and yet no one bothers to tell the author — blog or book — so the person stops writing, never knowing their work was appreciated. When was the last time you took the time to write an Amazon review for a book? When was the last time you left a comment on a post, or wrote a whole blog post about something you read on someone else’s blog that you love (with a link back, of course)? The fact is that if we don’t tell people, they don’t know. And if they don’t know, they may not continue to do the hard work. They may not see the worth in dedicating their time to the process. And even if you see that other people have told them, tell them anyway, because you never know what that person’s threshold is, what their personal tipping point is to make them feel as if their work has been appreciated.
So thank you, Amazon. Thank you to everyone who wrote a review for Life from Scratch — your thoughts were very much appreciated (and hey, it’s not too late to write one now!). Thank you to everyone who read it and let me know.
And now the favour I’m asking of you. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “damn, I really like Mel, and I’d like her to know that she’s appreciated,” here’s how you can do it: spread word of the Daily Deal today. As in, right now. Tweet about it, Facebook it, pin it on Pinterest (I even put in an image below for you), Stumble this post, email the news to people, blog about it, send out a link to this blog post, henna tattoo it across your face (it’s not worth a permanent tattoo since the deal is only good for today), employ a sky writer, shout it out to random people at the grocery store.
And most of all, don’t wait to do this later since the Amazon deal is only for these 24 hours. Run, don’t walk, to your preferred electronic device (wait… you must already be at your preferred electronic device if you’re reading this). Though, yes, feel free if you’re reading this after July 5th to still send out a link about the book. The publicity never hurts and is always very much appreciated.
One last enormous thank you in advance to everyone who helps spread word, who buys a copy of the book for a friend (or yourself), and who gave me the energy to write the sequel.*
* Yes, a draft is done. More news coming soon when I have news to give.