Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Let's start the year with some vintage BS from Brent Samson
(2) Brent warned of the “hassles of independent self-publishing, like guessing print-runs, managing inventory, and the responsibility of order fulfillment.”
Well, I’m an independent self-publisher, and the truth is I never ever think about print runs, inventory or order fulfillment. Actually, the biggest hassles I deal with are typos.
(3) Brent says independent self-publishers “are left with thousands of unsold copies and without an effective way of getting their books into the hands of readers” and “The independently self published authors I know all have boxes of books in their garage and park their cars on the street.”
That’s baloney. Apparently Brent knows the wrong people. He certainly doesn’t know me.
(4) He also says getting an ISBN number (the unique identification number for each book) is a “headache.”
Sorry, Brent, that’s just not true. I ordered ten ISBNs in about ten minutes. All I needed was my keyboard and a credit card. I never touched the Tylenol bottle.
(5 – 7) Brent also talks about the troubles that “Most self-published authors” have getting their books distributed, the high percentages paid to Amazon, and the high costs of setting up websites.
That’s all wrong—just self-serving fiction designed to make Brent’s own company look good, and he can’t possibly know the experiences of “most...”
If for some strange reason you actually trust Brent's knowledge and opinions, he’ll be glad to give you personal advice on the phone—for $250 per hour.
He’s also available for hire as a public speaker. He lists “Independent self-publishing vs. print-on-demand. What’s the difference?” as one of his topics.
I’m an independent self-publisher and I use print-on-demand. They’re not incompatible or opposites. Brent’s topic is not like asking, “what’s the difference between a car and a boat?” It’s more like asking, “what's the difference between a car and an engine?”—a question that does not have to be asked or answered.
According to Brent, “Peter Mark first published the Thesaurus in 1852,” strangely ignoring the much more famous Peter Roget who published his Thesaurus in the same year. Actually Mark was the middle name of Peter Mark Roget, so Brent was two-thirds right.
Brent says, “Errors in your writing cause readers to question your credibility.” I question his.
(This is from my new YOU can have your own book publishing company, available as an Amazon Kindle e-book. (I have to make a few corrections and additions, but it's basically OK now.)
Happy New Year!