After racing all fall and into the early part of winter to complete the final revisions on my book, I wanted some lead time before the official release to allow for reviews and marketing. I first envisioned launching it the week pitchers and catchers report for spring training (mid-February). Most baseball books come out in March or April, and that would have given me a slight head start among voracious baseball readers. When the revisions took longer than anticipated, I pushed back to March 20, the first day of spring.
But then reality set in. Unlike the legacy publishing houses, those of us going it on our own don’t have the opportunity to set up a future release on Amazon. Until you hit that “Publish” button, your book is invisible to the rest of the world. Invisible isn’t really a good thing when your goal is selling books.
This had me rethinking my approach last week, with every dawn bringing a new internal struggle on the pros and cons of releasing early. Then Wednesday, Adam Sobsey, one of the folks I sent an early copy of the book to, referenced it in his column on Baseball Prospectus. Outstanding. But should anyone’s interest be piqued, they had nowhere to go to order the book. So, to heck with waiting six more weeks. Punxsutawney Phil isn’t in charge here.
Hence, The Greatest Show on Dirt is now available, in both print and Kindle formats from Amazon. I went with KDP Select, after much internal debate. Yeah, it’s an outrage it has to be exclusive through Amazon for 90 days. I get there are general objections to all that. But from the anecdotal evidence I’ve seen, it’s well worth the tradeoff to me. If Nook and Apple readers need to wait (and I’m not convinced they can’t get a Kindle app for their devices, but I’m not well versed on all that), I guess that’s the way things break. I’ll know soon enough whether it was the right call. If it wasn’t, what’s three months in the grand scheme of things?
So far I’m learning a lot, enjoying the ride, and checking my sales numbers way too frequently. So frequently that the tally screen is showing up at night in my dreams, with much higher sales figures than I’ve seen during the day. Damn.
Anyway, the book is out there, for $12.95 in print or a mere $2.99 on Kindle. I hope you’ll consider purchasing it. Let me know what you think when you get through it. Thanks!