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Paul Murchison

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A Publisher I ain't!
Posted: Dec 5, 2017 1:42 PM
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On September25th of this year I rushed impulsively to upload my 20,000 word book the Drinking Game and How Not to Play It on to Kindle. Alas and alack things did not go to plan.
It was over 10 years since my first publishing attempt with a conventional Australian publisher and the ripping off that ensued.But that's another story.
Yesterday I removed my book from the market, Well after all it had made exactly nil sales. Whatever had gone wrong? Was I totally to blame?
Well I certainly made two blatant and unforgiveable mistakes. My blurb contained two typos in quite clearly the most important part of the book. At least
in terms of promotion.Impulsively I rushed, nay misinterpreted the "look inside" component fobbing it off with a couple of sentences. Why? I still don't know.

Quite recently it has become clear to me that I AM THE PUBLISHER and Kindle a sort of megastar corporate go between. Well fair enough,but I wish I had been clear on that earlier. As PUBLISHER I needed not only posess skills in grammar, punctuation, spelling and editing but also marketing, promotion, cover design, font size spacing of words etc etc. I had gone in half cocked, not realising my lack of skills in many facets of PUBLISHING. All 20,000 words uploaded were double spaced and I would later learn that single spacing was the go relevant to readers and smart phones. A few days ago it was pointed out to me that my formatting and justification was weird.

Over these recent months I have received some valuable help from the Community. Other input has involved sniping and insults to which my response. in kind,
was condemned by management. True, many people seem to like Kindle, and if one is astute at the many requirements of publishing and writes well, they may
have found the right place. To me, it was all rather robotic, impersonal, and frustrating. I must admit to being a bit of a luddite, but just how valuable is our ever
changing technology?Has it become perfect? What is 'perfect" anyhow"? Perhaps Kindle/Amazon will see fit to become a bit clearer and personal in their dealings with the world's writers. After all writing per se existed long before technocracy.
writerbn

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Re: A Publisher I ain't!
Posted: Dec 5, 2017 2:23 PM   in response to: Paul Murchison in response to: Paul Murchison
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Writing is easy. Selling is hard.

If it were not so, we'd all be those "Kindle millionaires" that the YouTube videos and 3-page scamphlets promise to make us.
MR R J LAIDLER

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Re: A Publisher I ain't!
Posted: Dec 5, 2017 3:01 PM   in response to: Paul Murchison in response to: Paul Murchison
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Paul Murchison wrote:
On September25th of this year I rushed impulsively to upload my 20,000 word book the Drinking Game and How Not to Play It on to Kindle. Alas and alack things did not go to plan.
It was over 10 years since my first publishing attempt with a conventional Australian publisher and the ripping off that ensued.But that's another story.
Yesterday I removed my book from the market, Well after all it had made exactly nil sales. Whatever had gone wrong? Was I totally to blame?
Well I certainly made two blatant and unforgiveable mistakes. My blurb contained two typos in quite clearly the most important part of the book. At least
in terms of promotion.Impulsively I rushed, nay misinterpreted the "look inside" component fobbing it off with a couple of sentences. Why? I still don't know.

Quite recently it has become clear to me that I AM THE PUBLISHER and Kindle a sort of megastar corporate go between. Well fair enough,but I wish I had been clear on that earlier. As PUBLISHER I needed not only posess skills in grammar, punctuation, spelling and editing but also marketing, promotion, cover design, font size spacing of words etc etc. I had gone in half cocked, not realising my lack of skills in many facets of PUBLISHING. All 20,000 words uploaded were double spaced and I would later learn that single spacing was the go relevant to readers and smart phones. A few days ago it was pointed out to me that my formatting and justification was weird.

Over these recent months I have received some valuable help from the Community. Other input has involved sniping and insults to which my response. in kind,
was condemned by management. True, many people seem to like Kindle, and if one is astute at the many requirements of publishing and writes well, they may
have found the right place. To me, it was all rather robotic, impersonal, and frustrating. I must admit to being a bit of a luddite, but just how valuable is our ever
changing technology?Has it become perfect? What is 'perfect" anyhow"? Perhaps Kindle/Amazon will see fit to become a bit clearer and personal in their dealings with the world's writers. After all writing per se existed long before technocracy.

And breath.....

But the clue is in the name - self-publishing. You have to do it all yourself. With something like 100K titles published every month it is inevitable most have the buoyancy of a stone thrown into a lake.

The job of a publisher is to provide the means for the book to float and hopefully take off. :)
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