Not everyone knows how to react when a stranger (or even a friend) buys and reads their book. Here’s a quick, step-by-step guide so you know exactly what to do next time this happens to you.
Step 1: Panic
What? What is this? This can’t happen. I’ve been exposed. Compromised! Someone knows my name now!
Step 2: Succumb to misery
They won’t like it. It’s not good enough. They have more followers than me on Twitter, and they’ll tell everyone how bad my book is.
Step 3: Tell yourself everything will be okay
Maybe things won’t be that bad. They might like parts of it. After all, it’s not terrible, is it?
Step 4: Engage in mild celebration
Yay…I guess. First book sale this month. So…things are looking up, you could say. *Tosses confetti on self* Probably clicked on it by accident, though.
Step 5: Hope for the best
Well, who knows? If they do like it, maybe I’ll get a good review. Maybe they’ll recommend it to someone else. Fingers crossed!
Step 6: Decide how to respond
Okay, so they tweeted about it. Should I favorite it? Thank them? Is that too arrogant? Do I tell them I hope they like it? No, it’s a book, a piece of my soul, not a snowcone. Better play it cool and not say anything. But…is it kosher to retweet?
Step 7: Realize you have no idea what you’re doing anymore
It’s been fifteen minutes, and I haven’t moved a muscle. People around me are starting to look worried. If I had more sales I’d be better at this.
Step 8: Repeat step 1