It may just be me (though I suspect most new authors are guilty),but I desperately want the book to be a success, less to make any money (though don't tell the publisher that), but for it to be well accepted, for the publisher to have been right to have faith in me, and simply the idea that I have written a useful book.
In some ways the success of the book won't really be measured for months or possibly years as hopefully people improve their photography beyond what they would have expected anyway, but in the mean time, sales, feedback, reviews and emails are it, and I'll take what I can get.
I regularly check Amazon to see how the book is coming along - never even knew you could find out such information - currently it's book # 1633 overall. Given that Amazon sells hundreds of thousands of books and calendars, that doesn't sound too bad. Better yet, it's listed as the # 21 photography book, of which there are hundreds, right behind Scott kelby's Lightroom book, though miles away from his highly successful 'The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 2' which sits in number 1 in photography books, # 44 overall,giving it sales of a top best seller novel - incredible.
One week into sales, the publisher had taken orders for or sent out 1700 books and at least a few of them have actually been sold as I've heard from the purchasers, from all over the world.
So there's hope, and yes, I'll keep neurotically checking on Amazon to see how things go - at least till they announce a second printing - if and when, and probably then too.
Have a nice day.