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coloneldax
08-30-2009, 02:58 AM
Can anyone tell me more about the story of how James Redfield self-published "The Celestine Prophecy" out of the back of his Honda?

Also, if this is not the appropriate forum for thus thread, can someone please advise what would be..

Thanks,
Daniel

Matera the Mad
08-30-2009, 06:43 AM
Have you tried Google?

James D. Macdonald
08-30-2009, 06:44 AM
POD Self-Publishing and E-Publishing (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=47)

coloneldax
08-30-2009, 06:54 AM
Have you tried Google?
I have . These two are the best I could find:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Celestine_Prophecy

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,292236,00.html

But I would like to know more :-)


Daniel

coloneldax
08-30-2009, 07:16 AM
Can anyone tell me more about the story of how James Redfield self-published "The Celestine Prophecy" out of the back of his Honda?

Also, if this is not the appropriate forum for thus thread, can someone please advise what would be..

Thanks,
Daniel

Is there a way to move this thread to :
Absolute Write Water Cooler (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/index.php) > Publishing (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=8) http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/misc/navbits_finallink.gif (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=47) POD Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

Daniel

Birol
08-30-2009, 07:00 PM
Why, yes. I can. Everyone hang on.

valeriec80
08-30-2009, 08:45 PM
Apparently, he distributed it mainly to New Age bookstores and was able to create buzz and sell books that way.

blacbird
08-30-2009, 09:41 PM
Can anyone tell me more about the story of how James Redfield self-published "The Celestine Prophecy" out of the back of his Honda?

I don't know the details, but I do know that a lot of best-selling books get produced out of the back of something.

caw

IceCreamEmpress
08-31-2009, 05:24 AM
Here's the thing.

Redfield was active in the New Age spirituality movement, and at that time the main place to buy books in that genre was at small specialty bookshops. So Redfield's self-distribution plan worked in moving a couple of thousand copies; at the same time, Warner was trying to build a New Age spirituality list in 1994, and they picked up Redfield and a few other people who were selling well in the niche bookshops, and the rest is history.

The African-American erotic novelist Zane had a similar experience; she started out selling her books out of her car to small African-American bookshops, and in 2001, when Simon and Schuster wanted to build a stronger list of African-American authors, they picked her up (along with some other folks who were doing well in that niche market).

The common denominators here are a) books with strong appeal to a certain market segment; b) authors who worked incredibly hard doing self-distribution to niche stores; and c) luck in that large trade publishers were expanding their vision and wanted to pick up people already doing well in niche markets.

If you feel like the first two would match up with your book and your personal skill set, maybe it's worth gambling on the third for you. However, do know that for every one new author who made a splash as a self-publisher, there are dozens and dozens of new authors who made their splash the traditional way--by getting an agent and having the agent sell the book to a publisher.

coloneldax
08-31-2009, 07:12 AM
Here's the thing.

Redfield was active in the New Age spirituality movement, and at that time the main place to buy books in that genre was at small specialty bookshops. So Redfield's self-distribution plan worked in moving a couple of thousand copies; at the same time, Warner was trying to build a New Age spirituality list in 1994, and they picked up Redfield and a few other people who were selling well in the niche bookshops, and the rest is history.

The African-American erotic novelist Zane had a similar experience; she started out selling her books out of her car to small African-American bookshops, and in 2001, when Simon and Schuster wanted to build a stronger list of African-American authors, they picked her up (along with some other folks who were doing well in that niche market).

The common denominators here are a) books with strong appeal to a certain market segment; b) authors who worked incredibly hard doing self-distribution to niche stores; and c) luck in that large trade publishers were expanding their vision and wanted to pick up people already doing well in niche markets.

If you feel like the first two would match up with your book and your personal skill set, maybe it's worth gambling on the third for you. However, do know that for every one new author who made a splash as a self-publisher, there are dozens and dozens of new authors who made their splash the traditional way--by getting an agent and having the agent sell the book to a publisher.

Thanks much, good info :-)

Daniel