Bombed Out! – New York Punk Band Buyers and Word of Mouth Sales.
Above Photo: Eric’s Punk Club, Mathew Street Liverpool, as recently represented in New York.
As my website www.bombedoutpunk.com still appears to be invisible to Google and other search engines, a state which I know from previous experience will continue for some time yet, until it gains traction, I’m pleased that the book continues to sell well from my website and in the two shops in Liverpool (News From Nowhere in Bold Street and Waterstones in Liverpool 1) who are stocking signed copies, as well as on Amazon and Smashwords.
I’ve been surprised over the past two weeks to realise I have sold more copies into the US than I have to the UK.
I know from some previous book buyers that former Liverpool musicians living in New York have been buying it, and it is also doing the rounds of other, non-Liverpool band members and people from US Punk bands, some of whom are actually referred to in the book.
This is fantastic news for me, as it seems people are reading the book then recommending it to others, which is some of the best marketing a writer can have.
I’m also pleased that the feedback I’m getting on the book is still uniformly positive (there may be some more news about developments concerning the book in the coming weeks too.)
I actually think the narrative in the book works just as well in US Punk and New Wave/1980s culture as it does in its identical British culture, although having the book being recommended to others by US readers is something I’m particularly proud of, and hope it will continue!
And to celebrate, let’s have a blast of the Sex Pistols’ still-fantastic track New York from their Never Mind the Bollocks album, one of my favourite Punk songs of all time (although, come to think of it, there are a fuck of a lot of those…)