Monday, November 06, 2006

Check it out...

If you are an aspiring writer, I have no great words of advice but I can surely sympathize. In a career that mostly employs sensitive and creative souls, it's terrible that our writing lives are thick with rejection. Rejection from agents, rejection from editors, rejection from publishing houses and then more rejection. It's enough to make an aspiring writer break down and lock up the computer forever.

I understand, I know what it's like all too well. I'd like to invite you over for some tea and
a hug and tell you that's its okay, you will succeed. Dry your tears and listen up.

There are other routes you can go and one of those is PRINT ON DEMAND. Before you turn up your nose and walk away, listen to this: some formerly self published and print-on-demand books have crossed over and have been rereleased from major publishing houses.

Someone- okay it was super agent Jenny Bent- pointed me in the direction of this fabulous blog called POD-dy Mouth. I want you to check it out. The woman who runs the site reviews POD books, books that may have slipped through the cracks and didn't make it to the big publishing houses and receive advertising and marketing attention. Yeah, there are books out there worth reading that you may not know exist.

If you are looking for a good read, don't shy away from those that are published via POD or even self-published like Abbe Diaz's book called PX This: Diary of a Potted Plant.

From POD-dy Mouth, I learned the following which shocked me and may also surprise you:

In 2004, Nielsen Bookscan tracked the sales of 1.2 million books in the United States and here’s what they came up with:

Of those 1.2 million, 950,000 sold fewer than 99 copies.

Another 200,000 sold fewer than 1,000 copies.

Only 25,000 books sold more than 5,000 copies.

Fewer than 500 sold more than 100,000 copies.

Only 10 books sold more than a million copies each.

The average book in the United States sells about 500 copies.


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