First of all - before I start moaning - a really huge thank you to all the people who've been into Waterstone's bookstores in Colney and Croydon and all over and checked on our baby book TOYPD; believe me, speaking as the person in the wig and the dark glasses, I really appreciate the folk who go out there and buy the book in Waterstone's, which is an act I now think of as something akin to an extreme contact sport. As for the woman - my mother-in-law actually, Myrna of the fruit cake - who pesters the buyer in Tesco's every single week, asking where my book is, all I can say is she is the champion.
But, here's the moan. Simon and Schuster's Grainne Reidy tells me the book has only sold 264 copies through bookstores, which, as Anthony says encouragingly, is "useless". And it is. Me, I blame Simon and Schuster for not getting it out there. But I could be wrong; in any event I definitely believe bloggers have more power than multi-billion pound corporations such as Simon and Schuster, so prove me right. Carry on with the extremely dangerous going into bookshops act, and let's see what next week's figures show.
I've done the thrillingly dangerous act of harrassing the CTRT people to get the book into Mount Vernon hospital's coffee shop, so hopefully it should be on sale there soon. £7.99 works out as exactly the same as parking at Mount Vernon three times.
Honestly? when I first went for £100,000 on the Justgiving page, I wasn't sure it was possible. But now, we're over £30,000, and I think the final total is in sight - although I may well have to run the last bit, but we'll see....