Before we get into the book stuff, I saw last night that my friend Steven from the Turkeysong Experimental Homestead has done a lot of work to put together a new site covering everything from grafting to tool-making to general self-reliance.
I don’t know how Steven does half of what he does, but I’m always impressed by his knowledge. He’s helped me out with a lot of my grafting questions and I recommend going to his new site, checking out the blog, and signing up for his posts.
And… an Anniversary!
One thing seeing Steven’s new site brought to mind: it’s been three years since my first post at FloridaSurvivalGardening.com. Though I broadened my focus and jumped over here, I truly am amazed at how that little site turned into a well-read blog. Posting every weekday wasn’t easy but I made myself do it. I’ve never stuck to anything like that in my life (except to my marriage and perhaps my love of curry).
If you think you can’t do something regularly, take my advice and tell yourself to just shut up and do it. You CAN do it.
Florida Survival Gardening was very good for me and gave me the confidence to start writing seriously and to make friendships with other bloggers and my readers. I’ve met people thanks to that project that have become better friends than even some members of my own family. I’ve even had strangers recognize me when I was out shopping!
If I hadn’t stuck it out, there would be a lot of people that never gained the confidence to conquer the Florida sand and garden. I showed my failures and experiments… and you shared yours… and it’s just been a ton of fun. I am blessed.
That said, before I get too mushy… let’s look at how yesterday’s book launch did.
Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening: An Update
The new book really took off yesterday!
We broke into Amazon’s top 10,000 Kindle books sometime Monday evening:
Look at me, Mom! I’m #6,901!!!
We also made it onto the “Hot New Releases” list:
This makes sense because it IS hot here in Florida.
The really crazy thing, though, was how many copies of Create Your Own Florida Food Forest were given away for free:
That’s from my publishing stats page on Amazon. 829 copies of CYOFFF in one day!
We got REALLY high up in the free book section, too:
With how many books there are on Amazon, that’s a phenomenal ranking.
Can you imagine what would happen if even half of those folks started getting serious about planting food forests here in Florida? It would be marvelous!
The promotion lasts until Saturday so if you’ve been too tight to spend the $2.99 on Create Your Own Florida Food Forest, grab it for free before then. I want this info out where people can use it.
Thank you all for making the launch of Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening a success! I’ll never get rich on $2.99 books (unless maybe I publish a hundred of them… hey… that’s not a bad idea!) but I do love seeing the enthusiasm and reading the wonderful reviews.
-David The Good
P.S. If you bought the book and liked it but haven’t left a review on Amazon, would you do so? Good reviews really help sell a book. Thanks in advance – I really appreciate it.