If you have thought you might want to buy this book - for yourself, for your teen, for your friend, for a Christmas gift, for what/whomever - please consider buying it this week. (Unless you're coming out to see me on tour, and then buy it at that bookstore!)
Because books, like movies, get (or lose) their momentum from that crucial first week of sales/box office.
I remember reading an interview with Oprah about her movie Beloved which put the reality of opening weekend into harsh perspective. Here's an excerpt:
Q: And then, after 10 years of struggling to get the film made, Beloved opened and Bride of Chucky beat it at the box office.
WINFREY: I didn’t know what the hell Bride of Chucky was. And I didn’t know anything about how the movie business worked because I was doing my daily show. I was all excited. I didn’t know that you only had one weekend, and then it’s over. So, it came out on a Friday, and that Saturday morning I got a call and they said, “That’s it.” I got the call at like 8:30 in the morning, and by 10:30, I had my face in a bowl of macaroni and cheese.
Sammy Keyes fans worldwide would have suggested salsa to go with that mac'n'cheese, but wow, how harsh is that? And this is Oprah - an incredibly powerful force in the entertainment world.
Creative works need a chance to breathe. To seep into hearts and minds and move people. Unfortunately, their success - or how widespread they are viewed or read - is often linked to early lists. If your work doesn't "make box office" opening weekend, people quit breathing oxygen into it; they turn to a new spark happening over there. Years of intense work and passion and hope slowly extinguish.
So, if you like my work, if this book seems like it would be of value to you or someone you know, if you think it's important for teens to have relevant books that are "real" yet clean - and, of course, if it's within your means - please "vote at the box office" this week. (And if you love the book and want to help stoke the fire, tell your friends, and review it online.)
Thank you for your support - some of you have been fanning the flames of my work all along. I can't tell you how much that means to me.