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Stalking My Book

So, in case you're wondering, my book comes out in 3months and 7 days. WAY too long if you ask me. I think I might die of old age before June 11 arrives.

To pass the time, I have taken to stalking my book. For some I hear this causes anxiety or stress. For me, it is amusing and makes it seem as if it's practically on shelves already.

Stalking Approach #1: The Amazon Ranking. Not only do I periodically check my ranking on Amazon, but I've signed up on Title Z as well, and it shows actual GRAPHS of my Amazon Ranking. SO. Much. Fun. Caveat: Title Z doesn't seem totally acurate- I've seen Prada as high as 50,000 in rankings and it says my highest is 83,000.

Stalking Approach #2: The Google Alert. Oh google, how I love thee! I get little pings every time someone blogs about my book. Unf. many of them are fake-outs, as it turns out I have been linked on their sidebar and the actual blog entry is not about me at all. Sigh.

Stalking Approach #3: Goodreads. Goodreads if my favorite stalking approach. So far I've had a few reviews, mostly from debs who've read the ARC, but now I'm getting TOTAL STRANGERS. Omg, seriously, strangers read my book and/or really want it!! The best part is when they shelve my book under a tag they made on their own. Not just "to-read", but "Eagerly Anticipating"!!! Or "Must-have"!! Sometimes people add a little line when they mark it to-read, like "OMG this looks so cute!" 

So there you have it, people. The way I procrastinate spend my time.

PS-- If you too, are impatient for PRADA & PREJUDICE to hit shelves, go enter my contest to win THE SEASON, a brand new Regency Romance! 

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aldegader
Mar. 4th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
if i had a book coming out i would be doing the exact same thing! haha! and being able to have the means to see that kind of stuff is cool too.
mandyhubbard
Mar. 4th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
heeeheee. :-D. I am glad I have the means to see it, or I'd feel like NOTHING AT ALL was happening.
boothyisawesome
Mar. 4th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Haha, I love your stalking approaches.

Also, I do Google Alerts and get a lot of those sidebar things too. It sucks cuz I get all excited and then it's just nothing. :( Ah well.

I really need to read your book soon...
lazy_iris
Mar. 4th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I am obsessed with Goodreads. I actually use it to stalk OTHER people's books, or to admire all the lovely shelves I have crafted to organize my page (and to keep track of my 300+ book to-read list.)

You should get one of those days/hours/minutes/seconds meters for P&P, you know "PRADA & PREJUDICE comes out in 3 months 7 days 5 hours 46 minutes and 23 seconds" that count down (if you don't already have one.)

Imagine how much all those things you're stalking will change once it does come out :-)
mandyhubbard
Mar. 4th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
I do have a bunch of countdown widgets (under my LJ profile...) but I SHOULD make one of those banners where the thing creeps towards the finish line as it gets closer.....

Procrastinate? me? No way!
rhondastapleton
Mar. 4th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
thanks for the tips on title z! signing up now. :D

i do the rest of that stuff too. haha
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Mar. 8th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
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