06-11-2006, 09:38 PM
Originally Posted by ptib
No, I am not a CSM employee.
Just to be clear: you're not retained in any capacity by ComStar, either as a partner or anything other than an author? Not, say, responsible for author promotions for other authors, for example?
My sales are coming through websites, personal contacts and bookstores and some through Amazon.
Well, we know that websites and personal contacts are worth. Uusally 75 to the low hundreds, depending on price and service. We've seen your Amazon sales. That leaves bookstores, which I'll come back to in a minute.
Frankly, I don't put a lot of store in Amazon ranking since the original versions of both Tempered Hearts and Tempered Dreams have been available through them since August of 2001
With a different publisher, right? Then it would have a different listing and its own ranking. Amazon removes it after a certain time, but you can find it if you know how to search. That book's ranking has nothing to do with this book's ranking any more than it has to do with my book's ranking.
In fact, I found an old printing. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/187...lance&n=283155
is the Writer's Exchange Epublishing version, with a ranking of 2.6 million. Of course, that doesn't mean much this long after it's been OOP. For what it's worth, that printing of TD has a ranking of only 2.5 million.
Also, the current ebook version of TD has no ranking. I couldn't find a current ebook for TH.
Besides, Amazon doesn't make or break an author, publicity and promotion does.
The point of publicity is to make sales. Publicity without sales is just a waste of time.
Here's when and why Amazon matters. At some point, somebody will be interested in your book when you're not in their face to sell it to them. Some of those people get up off the couch and go to a bookstore. Some of them write it down on their list of things to buy and pick it up. Some nearly forget about it, until they see it in the store. A fraction of those people go to Amazon.com and order it.
If that fraction of people who have ordered your book through Amazon.com is 0 for one book and 3-4 for another, then the total number of people exposed to your book is very low. It is mathematically improbable for a book to have a low Amazon ranking and high bookstore sales. It is likewise improbable for a book to have high bookstore sales and low Amazon ranking.
An extremely low Amazon ranking indicates a similarly extremely low number of total sales. Now, books in bookstores are sales. Bookstores pay for books shortly after they order them, even if they return them later. Low overall sales through all channels means minimal or no bookstore placement. Getting your book on bookshelves so that you can sell them is the whole point of having a publisher in the first place.
As for there not being any "progression from self-published to obscurely-published, to small-press, to major house that makes up a writer's career path" we need to keep in mind that several well-known, big-name authors were once self published (John Grisham, Mark Twain).
Wow. What Aconite said. Perhaps you should base your conclusions on actual facts instead of the same self-publishing propaganda that all the vanity presses spew*. Jim probably sold more books while I was writing this post then you've sold in the past 5 years. He really does know what he's talking about.
*Not implying that ComStar is a vanity press. This stuff just gets all over the place.