The Ugly Truth About Book Sales

A lot of really good stuff being said here. A nice reminder that it is a cold world out there, and you need to be willing to roll up your sleeves and fight in the trenches if you want to win.

Leona's Blog of Shadows

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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2 thoughts on “The Ugly Truth About Book Sales

  1. Thanks for sharing this insightful post Alex. I have reblogged the original because it resonates very deeply. My response to this is not one of despair. We simply cannot indulge in such emotions if we are to put in the effort required to find our audience and sell the books.

    1. I agree with you Catherine. To waste time wallowing in the shadows created by the enormity of the task at hand, we will never move. We must see it as a challenge rather than a blockage. 🙂

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