Depressing news from that home of depressing news, otherwise known as my publishers' Simon and Schuster:
I so, so wish I had better news on your book. The book itself is a success, of course. It wouldn’t have been Paperback of the Week in the Observer a few weeks back if it wasn’t so eloquent, sharp and entertaining. And everyone I know who has read it really has given it the thumbs-up. Unfortunately, it’s currently registering at position 1010 on Nielsen Booktrack, with 145 copies sold last week, and a total of 1093 through the tills. It’s so very difficult to ascertain why this hasn’t flown higher. With the great coverage that yourself and Grainne instigated, we would have hoped for better sales. It’s so tough on you, especially as the book is so enjoyable and it has that nice package and everything.
All I can say is that we are keeping a close eye on it, and we will continue to push for promotions.
And, apparently, she says in a later email, supermarkets have all turned it down. How could they????!!! Waterstone's, according to Agent Tracy, is "our friendliest buyer". So that's a gold star to Waterstone's and little skull-and-crossbone stickers to all the supermarkets. To think I nearly went to a supermarket today to get some of that nice long broccoli, instead of my local fruit shop which only has the old-style round headed green stuff...