The Ugly Truth About Book Sales

This post is not a wake-up call for me. It does, however, fill me with hope and confidence. I am a bloody good writer! I know this. Now I am working on telling other people, so that they can read my books and discover the fact also. I believe in my novels. And I will never give up. We should never give up. But, we can be realistic, and we can be prepared…

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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 Responses to The Ugly Truth About Book Sales

  1. Thanks for sharing the post Catherine. I think it is an important message that people need to understand, but also to understand that it is nothing to be feared, but part of the lifestyle that needs to be embraced.

  2. I love your positive take on this, Catherine, it’s an attitude I’d do well to adopt.

    • Well, we do ourselves no favours by wallowing in self pity. Thanks for stopping by Annabelle 🙂

      • emmacalin says:

        You are quite right Catherine – this is the true picture of it all. I’ve been flogging the horse for thirty years. You are also right about something else – you are a very good writer. All I want out of the business is a small positive return for my hard work while I am still alive. My ratio of marketing to writing is now about 20 to 1. I’m thinking of printing individual stories on microwave ready meal wrappers that can be read in the time it takes to cook the meal! You just gotta try and try. Emma x

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