The honest answer is: “Well, not all that much.”
But try saying that in response to the first question that your interlocutor asks you on a radio interview that your publisher’s publicist has arranged for you. You mumble instead something about how despite globalization, we have not all become “one world,” etc., that getting governance “right” at the national level is still tremendously important, and so on, until the interviewer rescues you with his next question.
Now that my new book is out, I have had more than one such moment, which I cannot say I have enjoyed. Luckily, I have also had some more pleasant moments, such as this talk and book signing at the Harvard Book Store.
OK, it wasn’t much of a book signing. Even though the talk was well attended, I ended up signing two books, one for a person who actually purchased the book and the other for the son of the bookstore’s owner. I am not sure if this is par for the course, but I am sure this author, who preceded me, signed quite a few more.
Which brings me to my point: I am glad I don’t have to make a living selling books.