Way back (well, closing in on two years now), I made Saving My Knees available as an electronic book on Amazon.com. I hoped the message would spread far and wide: that there really was hope for chronic knee pain, and the best kind of hope -- informed hope. I weaved that message through a telling of my own story, from the depths of despair to the joy of recovery.
I figured, though, I had to be realistic about sales. Amazon is choking on thousands of titles, on just about every conceivable subject. Worse-case scenario, I might move 10 to 20 copies, with Mom, Dad and acquaintances accounting for a handful of those. My middle scenario -- which I deemed most likely -- involved sales of 100 to 200 books.
My “home run” scenario was 500 to whatever. For a $10 electronic book, cast asea with tens of thousands of other electronic books (many with publicists and publishing houses behind them), that seemed pretty good.
Well, we’ve entered the “home run” scenario. The last two months, a steady stream of readers has been finding Saving My Knees. That’s gratifying.
Even more gratifying: the quality of comments on the blog has soared. That shows me that the book (and blog) are reaching the right audience: smart, open-minded, curious knee pain sufferers who still dare to be optimistic (even after many setbacks). That’s terrific.
I recently got an e-mail from a woman in
I wanted to excerpt parts of it (anonymously), but she described herself as a
private person, which I respect. Anyway, she’s in the thick of what I can tell
will be a challenging struggle with knee pain. She was grateful for stumbling
upon Saving My Knees.
She wrote, “It is like a revelation to me, it fills me with hope I’ve been searching for for so long.” Hearing those words from someone half a world away made my day.