This has been my first experience with POD (publish on demand) self-publishing, so I'm more than ever aware that it's this kind of support that's needed if a book is to rise above the horizon line in today's saturated market--and I hope it goes without saying that it's the ideas I'm interested in spreading, not the commerce! One thing that's puzzling to me is the stats on CreateSpace. As I've noted before, there have been annoying glitches in the ordering process--now hopefully ironed out. I'm also told that there's a time lag in CreateSpace's reporting. But I still would have expected more of a spike that I've noticed to date and I'm concerned by what seems like a discrepancy between the stats and the feedback I've been getting. But I don't have my own numbers, not even bare estimates. So you'd be doing me a great favor if you'd simply drop a line to my email address (email@example.com) to let me know 1) if you placed an order and received a copy; or 2) if you tried to place an order and gave up in despair. That information would be very useful as I persist in my efforts, so my best thanks in advance if you have it in your heart to help.
I'd also love to hear from you if you have a readership with whom you'd like to share some thoughts about Slow Looking. I still have a (rather limited!) number of review copies to send out, so please feel free to ask.
I have often expressed my gratitude for your readership when posting on The Buddha Diaries, but it bears repeating. I have been writing for many years and have published in many different arenas, but it gives me more pleasure than I can say to know that there are hundreds of people throughout the world who check in on these pages, whether regularly or only on occasion. To know that I can actually publish what I write on any given day and that what I have written will be read on seven continents still seems miraculous, and continues to provide me with a somewhat incredulous thrill. I send out metta to all, along with my gratitude...