Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Publication Day + 7

The haze of publication day is now a memory.

The book launch is over and The Cubicle Survival Guide has cleared the beaches of the book release fanfare and is now fighting its way toward the front of the outrageously competitive landscape of book sales. And that’s where I have been the past week; fighting along side my book, doing radio interviews, newspaper interviews, and anything else I can to give this young book a life and a future. Thanks to readers like you, The Cubicle Survival Guide is not just alive and healthy, but thriving.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

The Cubicle Survival Guide is selling well and making it into the hands of cubicles inhabitants all over the U.S., Canada, and beyond. Sure, the promotional interviews may have helped, but the true test of a book’s appeal is a reader’s willingness to recommend a particular book to someone else. And that is what is happening. Generally people don’t tell acquaintances they like and respect to watch a movie, eat at a restaurant, or read a book that they do not like themselves. That would make for a weird conversation.

Jack: Hey, Maggie. How was dinner at Grenouille last night?

Maggie: The service was horrible and the food was undercooked. You should go. You’d love it.

The Cubicle Survival Guide is now in the domain of public opinion, and is prospering in that tough realm, which means a lot to me, the author. I wrote this book to connect with other cubicle inhabitants (not “dwellers”… why? see page ‘x’ in the introduction) and am excited that other people can relate not just to the book, but to me and my experiences, as crazy, hilarious, upsetting, or idiotic they may be.

So thanks again and please feel free to comment on the book, the author, or any aspect of cubicle life that you think others would like to discuss. Like The Cubicle Survival Guide, this blog is here for everyone. Vent. Joke. Rant. Go ballistic. The cubicle environment is indeed inhospitable, and sometimes the only way to survive it is to connect with each other, even though that is the last thing our cubicles encourage us to do.

Best and thanks, - James F. Thompson

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