So I sold six of my books yesterday in the store, and four books the day before. I also handed out a couple dozen flyers, with at least 5 commitments to buying the ebook version.
So far, I've had one sale online.
If I'm not there, it doesn't happen. I think people just forget. That's all. They leave the store and that's that. They may find the flyer later and have another impulse, but unless they react right then and there, it probably won't happen.
This is the new world. There are so many books being produced that it seems impossible to cut through the clutter without personal intervention. Selling a book myself means I can use all the sales techniques I've ever learned. I can use the sincerity of my voice and my body language. I can use pauses, and timely interventions, and I can read the response of the customer and adapt my approach until it either works or doesn't work.
The internet is an amorphous mass of competing desires and who knows what causes people to finally pull the trigger?
On the other hand, I have only five copies of Led to the Slaughter left in the store, including my reserves. I have another 50 copies coming, and I'm beginning to think I'm being too conservative in my ordering. But then, after this week, I'll be back to normal hours, and that won't give me as many chances to sell.
6 days ago