Dear Ms. Snark:
If the statistics or rather the sadistics are correct, that out of 1.2 million books printed only 950,000 sold fewer than 99 copies; that another 200,000 copies sold less than 1,000; 25,000 sold only 5,000 copies and fewer than 500 copies sold more than a million copies. The average sale of a book is 500 copies! What is a writer to do?
I sold more Girl Scout cookies when I was a kid ...
My question is why bother to acquire an agent at all? All this a.. kissing and so on and so forth just to give them a cut? Why? because they hold the key to the wizard's dressing room? What in the hell would make them so savvy as to know what will sell and what won't?
I am surprised that the entire book empire isn't going to crumble with what is finally set out on the shelves for the average reader to pay BIG money for. The field is slowly melting like the wicked witch of the North.
Then I hear that if an agent gets a publisher, the publisher only will push your book for 90 days unless of course it's REALLY good, then that is a statistic equivalent to winning the lottery. In other words, it just ain't gonna happen.
Publish on Demand has to be the only way out. No large wasted trees, no agents screwing with your minds and publishers recreating your work because "they know what sells." PLEASEEEE! Someone get this doo doo off my shoe with a stick!
I'm getting off this roller coaster. My first book has sold over 1020 copies in 8 months and it's a POD. I am doing a signing on a major cruise line next month, I have been on the radio in small towns and I am in some Midwest book stores. I promote my books myself. I am getting known in Europe as well as in Asia. I average three book signings a month.
I designed my own cover, I hired my own editor. No one altered a word in my book. To me THAT'S real publishing. From soup to nuts.
Find one major error in logic, and one in fact. Without counting the entertaining punctuation, and forgetting the "Ms Snark", correctly identify these two major errors, and you win the link to the book cover.
Update: everyone got the "wrong witch"
two people were close on the other: POD (print on demand) is a technology-it's NOT electronic publishing. POD uses paper just like regular publishing does. You can print your books using POD for whatever reason you want but 'saving trees' isn't accurate. In fact, a pretty logical case can be made for the fact that POD, by reducing the unit cost of a book, and making it easier for writers who would not have books through traditional means actually account for MORE trees being cut down.
I swear I thought this was a prank.
Now I only pray it is.
And don't write comments to me that I'm "mean" to post this link.
Herewith the text of the conversation:
1. Email you see above
2. MS to NW: You know of course that all email to me is posted on the blog.
3. NW to MS: Yes, I do and I am glad to see that, your majesty.
PPS Now imagine being on a cruise with this one. Makes you pray Willem Dafoe is on the manifest doesn't it?