Five (Three sir!) Three quick Sunken Treasure items:
1. I was interviewed for the Lulu blog about the book. Fun fact: It was while I was writing the answers for this interview that I sent Twitter the fateful question about $5 DRM-free PDFs. I finished my answers and sent them back right before I put the PDF version on sale, so the incredible success and overwhelming response to the PDF isn't reflected my answers.
2. Speaking of the PDF: Sometime overnight, the total PDF sales exceeded the total print sales. I've still earned more via print sales, though PDF is rapidly catching up. Here's something cool about the gap between them: whenever it looks like PDF is going to overtake it, a bunch of people (presumably because they read the PDF) buy the print copy, and it leaps ahead. I wish I could do an animated visualization of the sales, like a little horse race, because it sure would look awesome.
I never would have done this if Cory Doctorow hadn't put the idea into my head (and so many other heads) years ago. I see some chatter around the 'tubes giving me credit for blazing a trail, and I'm really not; I'm just walking the path Cory told us was there all along, if we were just willing to take it.
Still, I really hope my story about this little book and how I've released it inspires other indie authors (and big, successful, mainstream authors, too) to do something similar. I don't know what it would be like for other creators, but it's been an unqualified success for me, and I want all of you who have been involved in this to know how grateful I am. Because you've chosen to support my work in the past and especially with this release, I'm going to do a bunch of original stuff this year that's above and beyond what I already do on my blog. A big part of Operation Crazy Idea was to find out if I could make Kevin Kelly's model work, and for the first time since I got the crazy idea, it feels like it's a real, tangible, I-can-almost-see-it-just-over-the-horizon possibility. I am incredibly optimistic about the potential for the other projects I'm working on right now, and if they work out the same way Sunken Treasure has, 2009 is going to be The Year When It All Happened. \m/
3. Finally, Val Trullinger, who created gorgeous flyers and banners for The Happiest Days of Our Lives, created some gorgeous flyers and banners for Sunken Treasure. Feel free to grab them and use them however you'd like, if you're into that sort of thing. Small request: please don't hotlink them; bandwidth is expensive.
Both banners and a PDF flyer:
Download Sunken_Treasure_Promos (1MB Zip file with both banners and PDF flyer)