Curious. Europe. Paperback.

I made a handful of sales of Curveballs: Sweet & Smokey Down The Barbeque Trail in the month of December, but I noticed something curious. Typically, in today’s world of bookselling, more eBooks are sold than paperback. That’s just a fact of modern life with the plethora of eBook readers, iPads, smartphones and what have you.

In fact, the books I’ve read on selling books all point to the idea that paperback book sales are perhaps a mere afterthought, given the public’s insatiable appetite for all things electronic.

But what I observed in my modest books sales is that all of them were paperback, sold via Amazon’s Createspace arm. And further more, I sold a couple in Europe. Specifically Great Britain and somewhere else in the European Union. Fascinating.

I’ve previously sold a few books overseas already, thus I can brag to my friends that I’m and “International Author.” They always chuckle and throw in a smile. But now I’ve got a little more armor. Can’t snicker now! Perhaps my connections with Author Debbie Young over there in Britain are starting to pay off. You remember her, right. I sent her a copy of Curveballs: Sweet & Smokey Down The Barbeque Trail, which she dutifully placed in the Little Free Library right in front of her house in Gloucestershire, England, home of the Badminton Estates and Prince Charles summer home.

My dream had been for Mick Jagger to walk by that Little Free Library in front of Debbie’s house, grab it, read it, and tell the world at his concerts…or however he wants to tell the world. So maybe Mick bought a copy for his friend at, who knows. But all I know is this. A few more copies of my book were purchased on the other side of the pond, and I couldn’t be happier.


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