How cool is this (look over on the right, by the green button):
Then there’s this:
People are reading Sparrow Migrations! They are spending their free time — the most precious, limited resource in 21st century American culture — reading my novel. And they’re talking about it — I’m aware of three book clubs reading it at the moment! Talk about a high.
My launch month closed Tuesday. What a month. Every day, almost, I got a comment from someone, via e-mail, Facebook or in person, about how much they were enjoying it. Most gratifying is that readers who originally began the book due to a connection either to me as the author or to autism as the main theme are saying they like the story for its own sake.
Here’s one, from a woman who also has a child on the autism spectrum:
“I would happily recommend this book to friends and family as not just an insight into life with Autism, but as a good read.”
Another, from a reader who loves birds:
“wow….a wonderful read…i absolutely LOVED it. I have recommended it to many of my friends. can’t wait to read more from you!”
And one more, from a co-worker who’s also a librarian:
“I started it because it was your book. I’m finishing it because I want to.”
And all those readers are doing some good. In April I offered to donate $1.88 per book sold to two local autism advocacy groups. This week I did my reckoning. I sold a total of 132 copies in bookstores and on Amazon. That means the Autism Resource Network of Northwest Michigan and the TCAPS iPads program through the Traverse Traveler Scavenger Hunt for Autism each get $125.
Thank you for making that happen. Thank you for validating two and a half years of work. Thank you for your Amazon reviews and word-of-mouth recommendations and media coverage. A writer doesn’t exist without readers. As I’ve written before, hit it, Natalie: