Look, I know that when people ask “How’s your book doing?”, it’s because they care. They’re trying to show an interest in what I’m doing, or whatever. But can I just say, this is kind of an irritating and offensive thing to ask?
Because it’s akin to, “So, is anybody actually buying that piece of shit thing you wrote?” Or, “So, how much money are you making now?”
Seriously, guys. Asking if I’ve gotten any new reviews is fine, if your interest is actually in how the book is being received. But I get all tense and weird and it hurts my Private Bone (which is a part of me that gets creeped out when I’m expected to share things with other people, and not, as it sounds, a dirty new body part. Get your mind out of the gutter, pervert) when I’m asked how the book is doing, or if I’ve gotten a royalty statement lately, or whatever.
(Although I must admit, I am now enamored of the phrase “Private Bone” and want to use it as much as possible. So look for that to turn up somewhere in my work. I swear it. I’ll give a prize to the first person who finds it.)
Is that odd of me? Am I really so private as to be a cypher, or am I justified in thinking this is a bit rude for someone to ask?