I’m wondering if you are really this cranky in RL, if you are just bored and seeing if you can provoke, or maybe this is a new way of marketing to get people to ck out your book – assuming that is yours over at Amazon, that was published in March.
I’m going to approach it as if you are sincere in your posts – which would make one assume your basis of opinion is on personal experience. Personally, I would like to encourage any writer with a passion and talent to give self-publishing a try – because I know from personal experience, it works.
You wrote “Love all these idle kindle millionaires.”
First, I don’t think anyone on the forum is claiming to be a millionaire, although we all know of cases out there were an Indi has struck it rich.
But the truth is, there are a number of people here that bring in an payment each month – for some it might only be a car payment or fun money – or enough to cover all the bills.
I’m not a millionaire, but my monthly payment is currently more than what teachers make in our area. Will it continue? I have no idea. I know it is steadily growing each month.
But if you are discouraged because you haven’t sold any of your book (and assuming that profile is you, and you just have one book) – consider this. I put my first ebook on Kindle in 2009 – Recipe Traditions – and I did it mostly for a lark, and to try out this ebook thing.
Over the next couple years I sold maybe 4 or 5 copies. Not even enough to generate a payment.
Then in 2011 work with a client (I was a freelancer) was starting to dry up (and I was burned out anyway) – so I decided to publish all those books that I’d written over the years, yet never got around to sending to a publisher or agent (I am sorta like that, I can write, but pursuing a publisher bores me).
I published my second book in November 2011 – and I kept on publishing. By the end of January I had 22 books published under my various pen names, and was selling an average of 17 books a day. Today I have more books published, and my daily sale average is more than 3X that. My sales at Barnes and Noble is about 1/3 of what I do here.
While it might be a pipe dream to “make it rich” on one book (yet there are a few writers that do that) – it is very possible to make a decent income if you are a professional writer.
That means you have to actually write – you can’t just publish one book and then tell the world the whole thing is a scam and no one is making money.
I don’t believe in get rich schemes. People CAN make a living here. But they must be willing to actually work at it.
As for the prove it - my profile is pretty public.
Why am I writing this? Because I want to encourage others who have the sincere passion writing.
Not cranky friend, just jaded - especially when it comes to the publishing industry. Everything I have posted here reflects my outlook with regard to self-publishing, and especially when it comes to advertising said self-published work.
Like I wrote earlier, one can advertise Bibles to Hindus or Muslims, but I doubt very seriously that such advertising would prove successful. Some of the ideas presented here, e.g., press releases, mentionings on talk shows and so forth, make sense, but to "advertise" a book in a newspaper or magazine ad strikes me as having little chance of success. It actually strikes me as silly - like the idea of myself advertising Dark Resurrection in the Christian Science Monitor.
That said, money is supposed to flow to the author, not from the author - I'm sure as a writer you have heard that before. Further, the only reason I put my book up here is that there was no cost involved, other than personal labor. Fed up with the system, I had agents hawk my screeds to publishers for years - without so much as a nibble - always being wished "Best Regards" in rejection letters. So, I figure if I wrote it, and hopefully, wrote it well, it may have some sort of chance here.
I'm more of a puritan when it comes to the publishing arena - self-publishing, especially that of fiction, is usually considered a vanity option, especially when it comes to print. Most folks who resort to that usually end up with boxes of poorly edited, self-published books, which they commissioned and paid for, littering a closet with little on no chance of ever being sold to anyone.
As far as other books are concerned (I believe you may have mentioned that on another thread) I have two completed sequels to Dark Resurrection, but to edit and format those attendant volumes would make little sense, especially as the first book is the key to the entire series.