Ah, the great power of C-SPAN.

After my hour-long interview with Brian Lamb on his March 3 “Q&A” program, sales of “Dogging Steinbeck” surged nicely.

I’m not ready to retire yet.  But before my C-SPAN appearance, my ranking on Amazon’s various Journalism and Travel categories was never higher than No. 4 (which it hit briefly after a rave Weekly Standard review by Sean Macomber).

Brian Lamb and C-SPAN took me to these dizzy heights Monday morning. Staying up there will be tough without help from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Charlie Rose, but being No. 1 in something for even just a little while is kind of fun.

Dogging Steinbeck, March 4, 2013

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#1 in Books > Education & Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Writing > Journalism & Nonfiction
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Journalism
#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Travel > Essays & Travelogues

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3 Responses to C-SPAN takes “Dogging Steinbeck” to top of Amazon’s charts

  1. Jay says:


    I haven’t read your book yet but I hope I can find the time. Steinbeck is my favorite author so it looks like I might have to reconsider his legacy.

    Great to see your success and you survived the Lamb Lock!

    • Grace Davis says:

      My family was in show business and I grew up traveling all over the U.S. in the 50s & 60s. When I read Travels with Charley in the 1980s my first thought was this guy is full of it. It just didn’t ring true…so it was great to see you on C-Span. You proved me right!! Thanks

  2. Jake says:

    I was so taken-in by Travels With Charley, that I thought of it as one of my favorite books. Admittedly, over several years and readings, it didn’t seem all quite right in the details. Now, I guess that was due to what you found out in your investigation. Nevertheless, the IDEA stuck with me for years and years. Finally, having lost my wife to cancer, our only child moved far away, it seemed that my Travel would start. To make the story short, it actually almost ended for good rather early, as my truck-camper careened wildly down a mountain road, finally making a 180′ turn to end facing back up where I’d come from, but rolled over onto the driver’s side, trapped. Fortunately, all the damage was to the truck-camper and my wallet. I’ve thought of trying again, although age and cost are making that less likely every day. Thanks to Steinbeck for the dream, tho, even if it was based on fiction. The man could tell a tale,as well as the best. Maybe what you did with your investigation is to prove that point.
    BTW I was simply channel surfing when you showed up on CNN Sunday and I paused long enough to settle on your interview. Perhaps John looked down and did you a favor for taken as much interest in his book, as I and many readers did before.