We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Just finished writing my first fiction book -- Zack's Fortune-- and published it as a e-book on Amazon Kindle. Fun to write, interesting process to publish, Tough to market. Cost $35 for the cover picture and a Whole lot of Time. We will see how many loyal friends and family will buy a copy. Next challenge is to publish on Kindle Paperbooks. that is a tougher process. Self-publishing is called Vanity Press for a reason. If there was a lot of money in it, it would be called a business.
I've read enough biographies of authors to know that a novel is mostly the result of hard work and discipline. But, given the current state of popular literature today I have to ask if book sales are the result of real demand for talent or good marketing The article doesn't sound like it was written by a fool, but it does sound like it was written by a woman who tells her authors "You have to go on The View and you have to go on Oprah."
Change a few words in the article and it could very well be mistaken for someone in the music industry 15 years ago. Someone who thinks that only real talent makes it to the radio and sells albums. Surely, no one can make a quality album for a few thousand dollars and make money from something like youtube. That's ridiculous.
She is right from a commercial standpoint, but it has been my experience that someone who is disciplined enough to learn a bit about the craft of writing and write the whole thing, and work with an editor, can find some success (although usually more psychological than financial).
In 1988, a little-known Brazilian author named Paulo Coelho published a book called The Alchemist, an allegory about a young shepherd in search of his treasure. Coelho had written this profound spiritual novel in just two weeks and strongly believed it was destined to be a success. There was only one problem: It didn’t sell.
Coelho’s publisher dropped The Alchemist, which could have easily been the end of his writing career. But Coelho wasn’t ready to give up. In his first-ever interview on American television, the author, tells Oprah on “Super Soul Sunday” how his 1988 flop became an internationally renowned bestseller, beginning with the sentence that changed the course of his life.
“There is a sentence in the book that says, ‘When you want something, the whole universe conspires to help you,’” he says. “I said, ‘I wrote this. I have to live by these words.’”
So, Coelho decided to knock on doors, literally, and try to make his dream of literary success happen. “The first door that I knocked, the guy opened. A very important publishing house in Brazil. And I said, ‘I have a book that was published and did not sell. But I trust this book is going to sell,’” Coelho recalls. “The guy said, ‘OK, I’m going to publish it.’”
Today, The Alchemist has sold 65 million copies and been on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 315 weeks. It’s also been translated into 80 different languages, setting the Guinness World Record for the most translated book by any living author. -From HuffPost.