The Ugly Truth About Book Sales


February 23, 2015 by McDowski

Food for thought: a reality check for aspiring authors dreaming of the writing the next Harry Potter or Twilight.

It ain’t that easy!

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Today I am going to share some eye-opening truths, which might shatter the illusions regarding the book publishing business and crush the dreams of some folk out there. I have recently come across a rather interesting blog post link in the comments section under a post at Suffolk Scribblings blog.

It was a rather grim post by author Kameron Hurley. For those who are not familiar with her, she is an established author who has been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Locus Award and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in prestigious SFF magazines such as Lightspeed, EscapePod, and Strange Horizons. Her fiction has been translated into Romanian, Swedish, Spanish, and Russian. She is also a graduate of Clarion West. Impressive credentials many of us dream about accomplishing some day, if ever.

According to her…

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4 thoughts on “The Ugly Truth About Book Sales

  1. Leona says:

    Thanks for the reblog! It is good to know those things and be prepared. I have written a tutorial on utilizing Wattpad for getting author visibility, you may want to check it out too. I will share more social media tips for helping the new authors spread the word about their work.

    • McDowski says:

      Yeah, I saw that post. I actually did come across the Wattpad app on my Android phone a while back, but didn’t really know what it was about and ignored it.

      Maybe I’ll check it out now.

      • Leona says:

        Wattpad has opened the publishing doors for a few authors who received rejection after rejection for years, after they started posting their stories on Wattpad and got a huge number of readers there.

      • Leona says:

        Also, international all time best selling author Paulo Coelho uses Wattpad to connect with his readers. It’s a great platform for getting more exposure and jumpstarting book launches.

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