Many of you have asked about the book and how it’s doing as it approaches the second monthiversary.
It has been in the news again, bookstore events are scheduled for next two weeks and two radio interviews are on tap.
To quote my pal Ian Law, everything is “just swell” and going amazingly well.
Amazing, in part, thanks to Amazon, which—my previous misgivings notwithstanding—has manifested itself as marketing genius electronified. The book remains a best-seller in multiple categories.
After dropping to #7 in in Kindle eBooks / Biographies & Memoirs / Arts & Literature / Authors, it rebounded this week to #3.
That upstart book Salinger wryly caught us up, shooting to #1 and not only pushing my book down a notch, but knocking Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle off the perch upon which it had been resting laurelly for several months, if not years. (By the way, if you have not read this book, I highly recommend it. It gave me a great deal of inspiration.)
But as of this morning, The Glass Castle had resumed its place at the pinacle and my book had regained the #3 position.
Dare I Call It Murder? also soared as high as #7 on Amazon’s Top Rated True Accounts, among other lists.
I am grateful for the recent coverage in a number of publications:
• Issaquah Press: Memoir hopes to set record straight after 35 years. Feature story on Sept. 3. My mom’s hometown newspaper. Thank you, David Hayes.
• 48 North Sailing Magazine—the book got a mention in the September edition, top of page 29. Color cover image as well. Nice! Thank you, Rich Hazelton.
• Kirkus Reviews—nice comments from the prestigious reviewer: “. . . chilling . . . palpable . . . powerful . . .”
• Seatte PI: Dare I Call It Murder? by Larry M. Edwards—complimentary book review. Thank you, Greg Barbrick.
• PW Select: Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss by Larry Edwards—New Title Listings
If you’re in the area and can come by to say hello, it would be great to see you. (And the bookstores would appreciate your patronage.)
• Barnes & Noble — Bellevue, WA — Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
• Eagle Harbor Book Co. — Bainbridge Island, WA — Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.
• Costco — Kirkland, WA — Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Third Place Books — Lake Forest Park, WA — Saturday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
• Barnes & Noble — Encinitas, CA — Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.
• Warwick’s Books — La Jolla, CA — Sunday, Sept. 22, Noon – 2 p.m.
• DUI Joe Show — Burien, WA (Internet radio) — Thursday, Sept. 19, Midnight, 4 a.m. and every four hours thereafter. — No, I did not get a DUI. Joseph Breidenbach is an attorney and that’s his nom de broadcast. He said this about my book: “Difficult to put down. Impossible to forget.”
• Donna Seebo Radio Show — Seattle, WA (Internet radio) — Thursday, Sept. 19, 9 – 9:30 a.m. (Yes, she’s the one who bills herself as a psychic.)
I said it before and I say it again. I could not have achieved this without your support, your (mostly) positive reviews, and your enthusiastic recommendation of the book.
I continue to get emails and Facebook comments every day from people thanking me for writing this book and telling me their stories of violent loss. One of my chief goals for writing the book is to create greater public awareness of and generate a broad discussion about the traumatic effect of violent loss and the need for specially trained therapists in this field.
It’s happening. And you all are playing a crucial role in this, so give yourselves well-deserved pats on the back. A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to Survivors of Violent Loss.
Be well, fair winds.