Life in a Hospice, my book which goes behind the scenes in two hospices to show readers how it feels to provide end-of-life care, was first published in 2007. I re-launched it last March. This is because the publishers were charging much too much for it and giving it no publicity – with the not surprising result that no one was buying it. It was selling one or two copies a year.
I thought a few people might want to read it and decided to give it a new cover and a revised introduction and make it available to potential readers at a reasonable price. I thought 50 or 60 people, at a completely rough guess, might be interested. But I was so wrong.
No, I have been selling one or so copies a day on Amazon – indeed, well over 200 copies since its relaunch. Mostly e-books, but some paperbacks as well. This is not big numbers compared to Harry Potter or a few other things I could name, but it is surprisingly successful. A friend who is a writer said he wished he could see such sales.
Who is reading it? I don’t actually know. I would imagine many will be current hospice workers, who like to hear about others doing similar work. Or those who are interested in pursuing hospice care as a career (it’s a very good introduction to this, because it talks about not only what workers do but also how such work affects their lives). Some people who are considering hospice care for someone in their family may be reading it, too.
I personally think it makes inspirational reading, showing humanity at its best. Perhaps some readers are looking for that.
I am now making it available as an e-book in other outlets besides Amazon, such as Apple ibooks, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.
Have a look. It might interest you, too: http://myBook.to/Hospice