Like most new authors, I believed that if I could just GET a
publishing deal, I would be a success. Once I got the contract, I
believed I could focus on writing, and my publisher would take
care of everything else. O.K., I admit it now, I was SO wrong.
Publishing is a business and I appeared to be the only one who
didn't understand that. Let me stress something here and now, it
is NOT a difficult business to learn, but until you do, your success
will be seriously hindered.
After signing my second publishing deal I learned that the
statistics were probably correct - most authors never make
any money off traditionally published books and are
usually very disappointed with the end results.
In the USA alone:
1. There are an estimated 175,000 new titles published each
2. The "average" book published in the USA will never sell more
than 500 copies in its entire lifetime (there is a reason for this so
don't worry, your book doesn't have to be one of those!)
3. The "average" traditional publishing contract gives your
publisher all rights to your work and the normal split between
publisher and writer is 90/10 with the publisher keeping 90% of
all the profits, for the life of the book.
This clearly means that most authors involved in traditionally
published books never have financial success because of
something I like to call B.S.:
1. They take no control/responsibility over the business side of
their book because they believe their publisher will handle all that
"Business Stuff" (BS) and
2. They do nothing to promote or sell their product in the
marketplace because they believe their publisher will handle all
that "Business Stuff" (BS).
This shouldn't be a surprise, when you ask yourself this question,
how much of your time is spent learning the business of
publishing versus writing and looking for a publisher? If the
answer to that question is ZERO, NONE, NADA or ZIP, I
guarantee, you will end up in the same situation that most authors
end up in, famous on a very small scale and broke!
There is NO reason for your outcome to be that way, IF you
are willing to learn from my experience and instead of
"waiting for your ship to come in", BUILD YOUR OWN
SHIP, be the captain of your own destiny and when you are
ready to do that, we are here to help you succeed!
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