The funny thing is, all they have done is say that your cover and synopsis are inviting. They have not endorsed your story or you writing. That will come much later. However, you are right, the excitement generated by even one sale, especially when you have no idea who might have made the purchase, is what keeps us sitting in near darkness telling our tales. I have worked in other sales, and it is the same there, but I feel it is a bit more personal with written works. You have poured your heart into that story, and you want someone, anyone to appreciate your effort. A sale comes through with the message that someone just might get out of your story what you intended. Yes, it can be quite exhilarating.
Totally! I'm a total first timer at this, and once the initial fuzz of my friends and family all buying it wore off I thought no one else would. Admittedly not many have at this point, but boy did I grin when I saw my first 'real' sale
I was over the moon when my first sale appeared on my report, after only a few weeks from release last July. Since then, only a further three copies been sold and one of those was purchased by a friend, so I do not have much to be delirious about!
When people first bought my book (it started out with family, friends, FB friends and my blogging community) I was very anxious awaiting their responses. I almost wanted it to take forever to ship so that I'd have a while longer of not having to worry about it. But then the Kindle came out and it was instantly downloadable!
But here's the nicest thing that's happened to me since my book was published 14 months ago: I started getting emails and Facebook messages from people who read the book and loved it. I didn't even know what to say the first time it happened I was so moved. By now I've gotten probably 200 of these. I'm not sure that this ever would have happened with traditional publishing and a publicity department existing between me and the readers so it is something I am grateful for!
You're so right! There's something very personal about every sale when you see the numbers change on the report. And that first email takes your breath away. Reviews do the same for me. Just the thought that someone I don't know took the time to write a review impresses me. Buyers who take a book off a shelf at a bookstore probably rarely think past the author's name.