here's the breakdown on my book sales - as of the moment (2 years after initital release), my book has sold not quite 5000 copies. there were 10000 copies in the initial run. sales have been very slow, but steady (and after two years, tapering off). since i didn't write the book, i'm not entitled to royalties. however, the author has verbally promised to split any royalties she recieves. we have to sell out the first printing and most of a second printing in order to recoup expenses (including th publsiher's overhead and printing costs, etc.) before any royalties will ever be seen.
5000 copies out of a potential world market of 4 billion ain't exactly what i would consider a runaway best-seller.
slug (his nickname because he ate bugs) had ashleigh design his tattoo. it was another 'goodwill' freebie thing. she was going to tattoo him with her design (she was also a tattoo artist) and worked on him from the soul of his feet upward (yes his dick is tattooed. he came when she did it). when they got to the waist, he decided to buy his own tattoo equipment and have his new girlfriend finish it up and (in the process) learn how to tattoo. of course, ashleigh (who had worn out here equipment and had asked slug to buy her a new gun coincidentally) was left in a lurch. to top it all off, the new girlfriend did really awful work and the stuff rom his waist up is 'patchy' and the puzzle pices don't meet evenly (hard to do, ya know) and generally looks like shit.