I Hit 1,000!

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 172011

No, I’m not talking about baseball, this is something much better. At least it is to me!

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, last month I sold 545 copies of my e-book mystery Big Lake, and and 709 e-books all together, and I had set a goal for myself to sell a total of 1,000 e-books this month. As of midnight last night, I had sold 1030 copies of Big Lake, and a total of 1105 e-books all together. There was a time when I never thought of fiction as being a viable writing venue for myself, but my mystery is outselling my nonfiction books by over 13 to 1!

Before I forget, I have had a few inquiries as to whether our Holiday Special Offer can only be taken advantage of by e-mail. No, you can mail your order to us at Gypsy Journal, 1400 Colorado Street C-16, Boulder City, NV 89005, as long as the envelope is postmarked no later than December 15th.

Yesterday I got up earlier than usual, spent the morning writing, and during the afternoon, we drove around the area, dropping off bundles of sample copies of the Gypsy Journal at local RV parks and at Camping Connection, an excellent RV parts and service shop near here that we discovered last winter.

We didn’t bother with the Camping World in Kissimmee, since last year the manager told me that they weren’t interested in allowing me to put some papers in their lounge for customers to read while waiting for their RVs to be serviced. That was the reason that, when we bought our Ford Explorer last December, we went to Camping Connection instead of the big guys to buy and have our towing base plate and SMI Air Force One auxiliary break system installed. Camping World will never miss the few hundred bucks we spent with the competition, but it makes me feel better to spend my money with business who support us in return.

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After we had dropped off several sample bundles of papers, we stopped at Citrus Valley RV Resort, which is just a couple of miles up the road from us, to visit with George and Amy Smith, who own Smith’s Campground & Cabins in Loudonville, Ohio. They are down here for a while, soaking up the sunshine, while daughter Kim works as the resort’s Activity Director, and her hubby, Scott, works at Disney. Kim and Scott were off somewhere, and George wasn’t feeling well, so we missed them, but we sat outside with Amy for an hour or so and had a nice visit. We hope to get together with everybody when they have time, and George is up and about.

We had dinner at the Golden Corral in Clermont, which was a very big disappointment, and then stopped at Publix grocery store on the way home. Back at the motorhome, there was the usual load of e-mails that needed to be dealt with, and I worked my way through them. Several were from people who did not get the current issue of the Gypsy Journal, and in all but two cases, it was because they have already left for their favorite snowbird roost, and did not give us their winter address. The post office does not forward Standard Rate mail, so if you are going to be away from home for the winter, please give us your updated mailing address. You’ll be sure to get your paper, and save us the expense of mailing out a replacement copy.  

With the e-mail out of the way, I wrote for a couple of hours, then I worked on the schedule for our upcoming Arizona Gypsy Journal Rally until bedtime.

Apparently my perennial black cloud has caught up with me, because the weather report is calling for scattered showers and thunderstorms for the next five days. I was hoping to get some paddling in, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a while to get our kayaks wet.

Thought For The Day – The next time somebody tells you anything is possible, ask him to dribble a football.

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Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  8 Responses to “I Hit 1,000!”

  1. I finished Big Lake tonight and can’t wait to meet the characters in the sequel. I would love for you to do a workshop sometime on how you organized this fiction project. By your GJ Rally, most of your followers will have read Big Lake and would enjoy the logistics of character and plot development. I predict a full house! Thanks for a great read.

  2. Congratulations on hitting your sales goal! And another round of applause for your logical stance: “…it makes me feel better to spend my money with business who support us in return.” Absolutely. I’m trying to winnow bad companies out of my life.

  3. Nick, if you haven’t already tried it, go to the Santa Fe Cattle Company, on the east side of Rte. 27, just north of the Walmart. We were pleasantly surprised.

    Also, anytime you’re in a strange town, go to http://www.tripadvisor.com or http://www.urbanspoon.com and type in the name of the town. I find that they are both good sources of user reviews of local restaurants. Each site ranks the restaurants , also, which is helpful.

  4. HEY! I just received my Kindle in the mail yesterday and Big Lake was the first book I downloaded! Bet you’re well over 1,000 already.

    I’m about 60% through and planning on finishing up once I get off this computer!!!!

  5. Kim loved it. George is reading it next and then me! It was great seeing you and Terri yesterday. The pizza place I was talking about was Giordanos on 192 by the Comfort Suites. Hopefully we can all meet for supper there next week. Also try the Golden Corral on 192 by Old Towne. It was pretty good 2 years ago!

  6. I second Cooljudy’s idea for a workshop.

    We are so proud of your success. I love saying “I told you so” when something good happens. IMHO if you wrote the legal notices for the newspapers, people would turn to them first.

  7. Congratulations on meeting your goal of 1000 books sold. You will sell many more I am sure, the book is great and just waiting for your new one to come out. This time I get to read it first.

  8. We’ll add our congratulations on surpassing your sales goal – but we knew all along you would do it. Now we are anticipating the Big Lake sequel.

    We also like CoolJudy’s idea of a writer’s workshop at the rally – pleeeeze?

    Hope you get to do a lot of kayaking while you are in Florida – sounds like you are really enjoying your visit. Happy Holidays and safe journeys. L ‘n D

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