14 PUBLISHERS TELL HER IT WON’T SELL
275,000 AMAZON BOOK SALES – AND COUNTING
Author Jonathan Gunson offers excellent book writing and selling advice on his website at www.bestsellerlabs.com. I recommend you check it out. the following story was written by him.
Practically every best selling author was rejected at some time or other. Traditional publishers—despite what they claim—are not particularly good at identifying what will sell (unless it is already selling). Their main strength is buying cheap, selling dear, and having had a lock on distribution.
Until recently you had to go through them whether you liked it or not. Most authors have agent/publisher horror stories—even the highly successful ones. The days of “building an author”—which is what should be done—are largely gone.
The Big Five publishers that remain are corporate, monopolistic, and—though doing fine in the short term—are having their market share eroded by independents.
Amazon and technology have made publishing a whole new ball game—and independent publishing is increasingly successful (providing it is done professionally).
As for agents, weep not. Such middlemen and women always survive. Some have doubtless already gravitated towards defense contracting—where they will feel culturally quite at home.
So, you struggling writers—trust that inner voice—and take heart!
After hearing, “No, it won’t sell” 14 times from traditional publishers, Jessica Park began to feel “Maybe I’m not good enough…”
So she decided to self-publish her book “Flat Out Love” on Amazon’s KDP. (Kindle Direct Publishing.) In this brief video, Jessica reveals what happened next.
I‘ve posted this for writer friends who may be needing motivation, or who find themselves adrift on the writing ocean, swept between waves of narcissism and self doubt.
The secret of her success in my view is, of course, having a beautifully written book that struck a chord with readers, who have the spread the word. But there’s also the factor of blind, obstinate, unstoppable determination in the face of rejection.
Certainly gets my utter, awestruck admiration.
VOR words c.200.