As I have mentioned many times before, I have to be quite strict about allowing myself to check online for sales figures for “Fatal Forgery” and “The Man in the Canary Waistcoat”. If I didn’t control it, I would waste time every day just clicking and refreshing all the sales reporting channels – it’s terribly addictive, especially for a low-volume author for whom each and every sale is a cause for (Jaffa Cake-shaped) celebration. So I permit myself to check CreateSpace (for the paperback edition) and KDP (Kindle) once a day, and Kobo, Smashwords and Gumroad once a week.
These three are less exciting because – in total combined sales of both books – until the end of last week they represented four copies. And then, on Monday of this week, I checked them as usual – and sales have doubled! Eight copies! The additional four were all on Kobo, and – wait for it – two in the UK and two in Canada (a copy each of “Fatal Forgery” and “Canary”, bought on the same day). Canada? I’m mystified. That’s the problem with all statistics, of course – they tell you exactly what happened, but not why. While on holiday in Greece a couple of weeks ago we did meet some Canadians, but we didn’t mention my books (or indeed my surname) at all, so unless they were mind-readers it’s not them. We don’t have any friends in Canada; my husband has some cousins, but we haven’t seen them for years, and my surname is not his, so they wouldn’t have stumbled across me and bought out of family loyalty. So why now, and why Canada? But I’m not one to look a gift reader in the mouth, and if they like Sam and tell their friends, all the better.