One week report:
About 80% of the people to whom I gave free copies of “Cheesesteak” have not responded. (Some may not have received theirs yet, the US Postal Service being what it is.) One respondee has bought one for someone else; one has promised to. One promoted the book at his web site, which resulted to my sole sale to a stranger so far. One said he might have it reviewed at his on-line magazine.
About 90% of the people whom I notified of “Cheesesteak”‘s existence have not responded. Two of the respondees bought a copy; one has promised to.
Exactly 75% of the people whom I asked for an address so I could send them a free copy did not reply.
One lesson I have drawn is that I am not as important a part of many people’s minds as they are to mine.
Another is that it is weird knowing everyone who knows of your book’s existence and of how they have dealt with this knowledge.