So exactly seven weeks from today, my book, Pope Awesome and Other Stories: How I Found God, Had Kids, and Lived to Tell the Tale will be out.
(I know putting exclamation marks after your writing is like laughing at your own joke. But I bet if F. Scott or Zelda had access to social media on this scale, they’d be using aaaalllll the exclamation marks. And lolz and immas and URs and all that stuff. Let’s see how highbrow Great Gatsby is told over Twitter.)
Anyway, overrated 20th century authors aside, you can avoid the rush by pre-ordering my book now!
I was waiting until the cover art and description were in place before I announced it, and yesterday, when I saw that it was all set, I posted the news on my Facebook page.
Then the truly funny/odd/humbling happened.
Before I posted the pre-sale link, my book was ranked at 3,673,819 (I know, because I wrote the number down). By the time I went to bed last night, pre-sales from you amazing people pushed the book up to 39,014.
Holy cow, you guys!
Then, I saw this:
Yeah. That’s right. Last night my book was ranked number 10 in the “Christian Popes” category.
Wow. Are people going to be disappointed when they start reading. I mean, sure, Popes JPII and Benedict are mentioned in the book, but it’s not, like, they’re main characters. Nor, come to think of it, is Pope Awesome. But I guess it’ll be a nice frothy break from all the highbrow, thinky titles that are in that category.
I had dreams last night of fielding a good deal of very angry emails, all sent by people who wanted their money back because my book wasn’t “Christian Popey” enough.
It was very stressful. Also, in the dream, my keyboard kept breaking, so I couldn’t type coherent sentences, and my 7th grade Language Arts teacher, Ms. Strachan, was yelling at me.
But this morning I came to check the sales (I’ll stop soon, I promise), and I’d moved up to 15,223. And this!
Which all goes to say the following:
1. Thank you so much to everyone who has pre-ordered. I think it’s a good book, and I’m hoping that you enjoy reading it.
2. The book is not, in fact, a biography about the Pope or the Vatican.
3. I wonder whatever happened to Ms. Strachan