12:40 am ET (Manhattan) – update from Todd Starowitz, Tony’s book publicist along with Jessica Quinn
Our first day of the Tony Dungy Uncommon book tour has reached an end, although I think the days never really end as we leave the hotel later this morning for Good Day New York.
We returned to the hotel at nearly midnight after Coach Dungy concluded interviews wth On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, as well as Alan Colmes’s radio show. I think that Coach Dungy may be about the only person in the world that can be on a show with a liberal like Alan Colmes, and then this Thursday be on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Tony’s appeal and message certainly has the ability to cross party lines. Rush plugged Uncommon on his show today and promoted Thursday’s interview.
We had a great signing at BookEnds tonight. We had a very nice turnout and sold nearly 250 books, according to store owner Walter Boyer. Not bad when the PR for the book really just started today, a snow storm is brewing, and it was a school night. It really encourages us fot the turnout we may see in Indiana and Tampa.
It seems almost amazing that Coach Dungy interviewed with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America yesterday morning. It seems as if it has already been three days. Robin does such a great job and there was a lot of positive feedback about the interview.
The book as I get ready to go and try to get four hours sleep is No. 31 on Amazon. That’s not a bad start. The top 10 may be attainable.
One of the most difficult things for Jessica Quinn (Tony’s other book publicist) and me to handle is trying to keep up with all of the media requests. We are on our smart phones returning emails but it is tough to get back to everyone in a timely manner. I just got through an hour of emails and I still am not through all of them. The next toughest thing is trying to find any available space in the schedule to fit in these requests.
Tomorrow (today I guess now that it is 1:00 am) should be interesting with two book signings and interviews such as ESPN’s Mike and Mike. Thursday we look forward to Rush and Letterman.Calling it a night.