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Watching my book sales is a lot like watching the stock ticker: I can’t really do anything about it, but it’s fascinating. Last night, I sold a bunch of books.

I’m excited, but I can’t help but wonder why the book sales so often come in clumps. Not like a bunch of friends went to the Kindle store after the ball game and all decided to pick up the same book. These are Kindle books and while it’s possible that some friends got together over email and wrote, “Let’s read a book together!” I have had no evidence of that happening. No one writes me and says, “My friends and I are reading your book, what can you tell us about … “

I should also mention, in the spirit of full disclosure (or something) that watching my sales ticker is probably not a healthy thing to do. As stated above, there’s nothing I can do about it. But second, it’s too easy to let myself be swayed by the stats. I’m happy (giddy, even) when I have a night like last night with lots of sales. I’m disappointed (too disappointed) when I have a night or day where I sell none.

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About Sam White

Samuel Ben White (“Sam” to his friends) is the author of the newspaper comic strip “Tuttle’s” (found at and doctortuttle,com) and the on-line comic book “Burt & the I.L.S.”. He is married and has two sons. He serves his community as a chaplain with hospice. Contact him at In addition to his time travel stories, Sam has also written and published detective novels, a western, three fantasy novels and four works of Christian fiction.

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