Today is the first day in about three weeks that I can take a breather, relax, and reflect on all that has happened since Towers of Gold was released a little more than three weeks ago.
All I can say is: wow!
I never expected this response. I never expected to have so much fun. I never expected to be so tired.
A few highlights:
I went to
By 7:15 the store was so full it was standing room only. We had to delay the talk so people could buy books. It was a great crowd who knew a lot about
In contrast, I spoke earlier in the day at the San Francisco Public Library. I think that talk set the record for the number of people it put to sleep.
On Sunday, the Chronicle named Towers of Gold a Literary Pick and called it a “superb biography.” Wow again.
In New York, I was a guest on the Joe Franklin radio show
Joe Franklin is a show biz personality. He hosted one of the first TV talk shows, which ran on television for 40 years. He apparently has interviewed more than 300,000 people. He now has a daily radio show on Bloomberg Radio's "Lifestyles" segment.
For some reason,
Worst attended talk: SF State. There were six people in the room, including me. One was the professor who invited me, one was the book seller, leaving three members of the audience. Oh well. At least two bought books.
Best attended: At Rancho Los Alamitos in
The one that made me most proud: The Huntington Library, hands down.
The most informative talk: At the California Historical Society. The wonderful staff of the North Baker Library went through my book and brought out documents I had cited. Those attending could see Hellman’s report card from
The most jarring moment: Going from the glow of discovering I was on the San Francisco Chronicle best seller list to my agent’s office on Park Avenue in
I was also an Amazon addict for a while. The review of Towers of Gold came out in the Los Angeles Times on Saturday Nov. 29 and the San Francisco Chronicle review came out on Sunday Nov. 30. After that, (and before, if I am honest) I was addicted to Amazon, something that authors are warned against. I will share, though.
Sunday Nov. 16, in the morning, five days after Towers of Gold is released, with minimal press attention:
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #9,108 in Books
Sunday Nov. 24th in the evening, after appearing on the Larry Mantle Show, an NPR show in Los Angeles:
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #2,944 in Books
Nov. 30, in the morning, a day aftter the review in the LA Times
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #2,166 in Books
Later that same day, after the SF Chronicle review:
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #1,179 in Books
Around 5:24 pm eastern time:
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #1,106 in Books
Around 10:10 pm eastern time:
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #669 in Books
That's the highest i got, but I think it's pretty good.
It’s not over. I talk at Clayton Books on Tuesday and then at Metropolis Books in