Thursday, April 7, 2011

Happy Anniversary to ME!!!

Today I received a lovely note from a customer which said that my blog about The Little Prince prompted her to purchase it and read it. I was shocked; someone was actually reading my blog! That quickly turned to embarassment - how long had it been since I had actually updated my blog?

So I looked, ugh... over a year! It was even worse than I thought. Now, to my credit, I do blog on some parenting websites to promote quality books. Hmmm, I guess I should be doing that on my own as well.

I also took a look at the calendar. It is just a few weeks short of my 2nd anniversary of opening KIDZ BOOKS. So I thought I would blog about some statistics that I have been able to look over as far as book sales are concerned.

Let me tell you about my current number one bestseller. It is also the most searched book internally on my site and searched organically from the web. I'm proud to say that it's not a silly book popular today and forgotten about next month. It's a book about Dennis's son and Ann's brother - Ten True Tales: Battle Heroes Voices From Afghanistan by Allan Zullo. Since October 2010, I have sold 252 copies of this book. I am not including in that number the 100 plus copies that Mark's proud father Dennis has purchased to send to family members all over the country and to Mark's base in Germany.

The book has become almost personal to me as I have corresponded with Mark's dad and listened to Ann's sorrowful story of her beloved brother Thom who died a hero leaving behind a grieving family. As I continue to fulfill orders I often wonder if it's to a family member - what is the connection, what is their story, did their loved one make it home safely?

The 2nd most popular book - and this is in a two year period - is Pinkalicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kahn. This book is a huge hit with the younger, female set and the numbers for this is 133. Pinkalicious has been around for some time and does contain some positive themes about overindulgence and eating healthy food. This has spawned several similar picture books; Purplicious, Goldilicious, and the very latest Silverlicious.

For those of you who read my blogs, respond and keep me on my toes. Thank you for your support and Happy Anniversary!