Releasing “a virus book” in the middle of a global pandemic is either really good, or really bad planning…
Yes, like every writer I have an enormous ego and believe the fate of the world rests on what I’m concerned about.
But the events of the past few days have been absolutely ridiculous. Even my ego never imagined this scenario.
The day before PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION was released I was noting that Amazon was showing only one hardcover book available. I quickly emailed my publisher, because last week they told me they were printing a second edition, anticipating a big run on the book because pre-orders had been so strong.
I also knew there were some fixes you could do on Amazon if the books ran out, like shuffling books in the system, maybe a link for them to order the book, and informing them it might take a week or two to receive it. My publisher said they’d do the best they could.
When I started to hyper-ventilate about all of this, I recalled the words of my publicist, who said that because of world events, this book was “evergreen,” meaning it would be relevant for a long time. Each time a glitch came up, I just whispered to myself, “Evergreen, evergreen, this book is evergreen!”
On the day of release I saw Amazon was struggling to keep up, sometimes showing three hardcover books, then nine, then one, and finally at the end of the day it all crashed and it said there were no books available, and they didn’t know when or if they would get any additional copies.
When I emailed my publisher, they said Amazon was acting funky, and our distributor, Simon and Schuster, was trying to get the work order expedited.
And of course, on the night of the book release, my coauthor, Dr. Judy Mikovits and I were scheduled to go on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, with an audience of two million listeners.
What was I supposed to tell them?
Of course, I told them they could still get the Kindle version of the book on Amazon, and there was also Barnes & Noble, which had a number of hard copies.
The interview with George Noory went great, and it seemed as if times he was literally jumping out of his skin over the revelations by Dr. Judy Mikovits. Specifically, she was taking direct aim at Dr. Tony Fauci, whom we both consider to be one of the most destructive people in science.
When I checked Amazon the next morning PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION (Kindle version) was #1 in Virology, and our previous book, PLAGUE was #2. Does it get much better than that?
Then people started emailing me that all hardcover copies were gone on Barnes & Noble, online. Oh well, there’s always that Nook from Barnes & Noble.
Let me say it again: I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!
My publisher is working as hard as they can to get the Amazon link fixed so people can at least order the book, knowing they’ll get it in a week or two.
I know it will happen SOON, but I can’t tell you WHEN.
However, on the positive side, that means several thousand of you have already bought the book, and either have it in your hands right now, or you will in a day or two.
Please, please, please, read at least some of it in the next week and put a review on Amazon. Yesterday I got my first Amazon review. It read, “Thank you for writing this book. I am proud of Americans like you.”
I’m expecting the imminent arrival of the troll army (although their paymasters may be withholding coin), so I’d really like to have a battalion of reviews to face them. Try to match the brilliance and eloquence of my first reviewer, but a little more sugar, please! (I spent eighteen months on the book. More than two short sentences!)
Okay, since you asked for it, here’s Episode 2 of DANGEROUS SCIENCE with Kent Heckenlively!
Opinion by Kent Heckenlively, JD