The first week sales of a book are what propels it onto the New York Times list, and first week sales are all about velocity. Publishers love it and readers notice when a book starts strong out of the gate (I think I'm mixing my racing metaphors here).
I'm mentioning velocity because as book buyers, it's something we all need to keep in mind. Sure, an author appreciates every book sale he or she gets. But big numbers in those first couple weeks . . . ah, big numbers are what it's all about.
In the name of shameless promotion, I'm also mentioning it because "Mayhem at the Orient Express" is due to arrive on bookstore shelves on June 4, a little less than two weeks from now. If you're planning on buying a copy, oh how grateful I would be if you did it the first week the book is one sale!
Velocity. It's all about velocity.