It’s been a year since the memoir was published. 1,527 books were sold or downloaded, which surpassed my expectations, but it was mostly possible because of large amounts of downloads during free promotions. In fact, 85 percent of my “sales” were downloaded, and only 230 books were actually paid for. Most important to me is that people are reading something I’ve written, and I’m happy to have the surpassed my goal of 1,000 people reading my book. So this first year was pretty good.
The fact is that I’ve only made about 350 dollars in gross profit and am far in the red when considering the inventory I ordered from China. I still have 475 paperbacks in boxes cluttering up my apartment, but that has allowed me to get the book back on the shelves at Kyobo in Gwanghwamun. I’ve been meaning to reach out to other branches and other bookstores, but I’ve been fairly occupied as of late.
In terms of my projects, I finished writing the English book, but yet another translator backed out and I’m on the search again. I’ve been debating whether to continue asking around or whether to approach publishers and have them do that for me. I’ve also started translating the memoir into Korean with my shitty Korean ability, and I’ve actually managed to get about 30 percent done. I’m hoping to get both of these projects completed by the end of the year (the earlier, the better).
I was on vacation last month, but since I work so few hours, vacations are not very different from other times. I was actually busier than usual because free chunks of time meant that I had the time to take my family on a family trip to Osaka and Kyoto, and that meant a lot of work for me because I’m the only one who can speak passable Japanese and is familiar with the culture. After the trip, I also had time to get admitted to Chung-ang University Hospital again—it’s becoming an annual occurrence—this time for a cyst in my sinus. It turned out to be nothing, but getting medical instruments stuck way up my nose—much farther than I thought was safe—is no picnic. I felt like Quaid in Total Recall (the original), when he’s trying to extract the bug from his head.
Anyway, to commemorate one year of the book, I’m going to do one last free promotion at the end of the month from the 26th to the 31st. Thanks for sticking around.