- Just a few days ago the book world was astounded to learn that thriller author Barry Eisler turned down a $500,000 two-book contract in favor of running his own show.
- Moving in the other direction, after self-publishing over a million books, Amanda Hocking -- a specialist in teenybopper vampire crap which I wouldn't read with someone else's eyes -- received more than $2 million from a traditional publisher for four books. It's extremely unlikely that she would have received the offer without first being a successful self-pubber.
And then Sharron got involved.
Tilted-to-the-right Teabagger and failed political candidate Sharron Angle wants to write a book.
She may have been inspired by the financial success of her spiritual sister Sarah Palin. The moosemama's first book Going Rogue is ghost-written garbage (I own a copy) but still managed to become a New York Times #1 bestseller in its first week of release. Its publicity and sales were boosted by a very visible price war among booksellers when it first came out. Sarah's second book was less successful.
Sharron was the losing 2010 Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Nevada, and recently announced that she would run for the House in 2012.
Sharron apparently feels that her candidacy will be enhanced by publication of a memoir. It will called Right Angle, and is "about her life and values." (Where's my barf bag?)
The crackpot has claimed that the 9/11 hijackers entered the United States through Canada (couldn't Sarah see them from Alaska and warn the Feds?), wants to eliminate the Department of Education, wants the U.S. to leave the U.N., opposes abortion -- even in cases of rape or incest, opposes fluoridation of drinking water, doesn't believe that global warming is caused by human activity, and called BP's plan to provide $20 million to oil spill victims a "slush fund." She favors widespread armament to defend the American population against the government and decried a shortage of bullets in gun stores. Congressman Jim Clyburn said that Sharron's endorsement of "Second Amendment remedies" in her losing campaign contributed to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
It should be obvious that I think that Sharron Angle is a nut job, but I certainly believe she has the right to spew her wacky words at anyone who will listen to or read them.
However, it seems like no traditional publisher was willing to take a chance on Sharron and offer her a deal like Sarah got, so Sharron decided to pay AuthorHouse to produce her book. AuthorHouse's publishing packages start at $599. I don't know how much Sharron is paying, but in discussing the deal, AH corporate media guy Kevin Gray pointed out that his company's publishing packages can cost up to $15,000.
So, what's the problem?
- If people, recognizing the limited abilities of Sharron Angle, learn of her decision to pay AuthorHouse, they might assume that other authors who self-publish do so because they have no other choice. That would be very bad.