Last Wednesday we launched a book.
It was a far from perfect book – I really appreciate the time of the awesome people at Pressbooks who sent me an email full of flaws in the formatting for me to update. Their software was brilliantly useful in helping us create the book before exporting to Amazon.
But it was a book full of good things and you should really buy it and then leave a review. We’ll be doing a second one so honest reviews – as well as generous reviews that author’s tend to attempt to solicit – are equally welcome.
My goal throughout this process was to get people into a book, it never really crossed my mind that we might sell any, it just seemed nice that people could say ‘I was in a book’. That seemed a worthwhile use of my energy.
On Thursday morning someone sent me a screengrab of the book in the ‘bestselling business books list’ in the UK Kindle store. It was number 8.
Then a couple of minutes later someone sent me a link to the HR books section on Amazon (all books, not just Kindle). It was number 1.
Here is some of the odd stuff that happened last week – for a book with no formal backing, no PR plan and created in 4 months.
- #29 Organisational change (US)
- #32 HR (US)
- #1 HR (UK)
- #7 Business (UK)
- #2 Business management and leadership – only outsold by the new Gladwell book
- #81 nonfiction (UK)
Books that we were sitting above in the charts at some point during the week:
- Outliers by Gladwell
- Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman
- Women, Work, and the Will to Lead By Sheryl Sandberg (COO Facebook)
- To Sell Is Human AND Drive By Dan Pink
- 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team – Patrick Lencioni
- Karen Brady’s biography
We also moved Who Moved My Cheese?. Things have quietened down a bit now (although we remain the #1 bestselling HR book)
I’m still not quite sure how this happened. I feel slightly like I have a moral responsibility for plugging the book as so many people contributed for free – so my twitter feed is currently full of ‘buy this book’ spam.
I apologise for that and if more people could share that would be wonderful. The CIPD have agreed to us doing some promotion at the conference next week, which is very generous of them and unexpected.
But if we don’t sell any more – and we simply peak at a top ten selling business book and the bestselling HR book in the UK – well I guess that is ok.