What Makes a NY Times Best Selling Author?

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    AuthorsBookposted 8 years ago

    Does learning how from publishing industry insiders at FREE webinars have any appeal???  If so, I'll cough up the talent, time, and money to make it happen! Need feedback.

  2. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    I am actually interested in this topic as I posted a thread earlier, but I am not sure what you are asking smile

    1. Rafini profile image86
      Rafiniposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      me niether...

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        AuthorsBookposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Please read my reply to "Theirishobserver."

    2. Shadesbreath profile image82
      Shadesbreathposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm betting she's going to ask you to attend a "free" webinar that will discuss lots of industry stuff including some sort of advice/editing/educational services that aren't free.

      Might be wrong.  But I doubt it.

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        AuthorsBookposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I'm cynical too because "bait and switch" is in the air we breath! But my question was sincere.  If you have any time, please read my other replies. If you already know why books are turned down by a publisher, you'll get your book published in no time (perhaps you have already).

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      AuthorsBookposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      After my first book contract was signed, the publisher asked me for a detailed marketing plan for my book - SHOCK.  Excluding well-known authors, I was not aware that less than a 1,000 books of one title are sold with 250 being the average!  That was 10 years ago.  So I combined my 20-year background as a management consultant with learning everything I could about publishing in order to help writers learn what they must do to get published - NOT self-published BUT published.  I've met a lot of power-people now and don't want a DIME from anyone.  If there is enought interest, I'll be able to attach a sponsor.

      1. Shadesbreath profile image82
        Shadesbreathposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Well, I do hope you'll forgive me for being skeptical.  It's been my experience that the only free cheese comes in a mousetrap.

        1. Rafini profile image86
          Rafiniposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          lol lol lol

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          AuthorsBookposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Shadesbreath - the world's on edge anymore with millions of skeptics like you and ME - and this sounds stupid (I KNOW) but I'm guessing the three LOL faces for Rafini MEANS Rafini thinks we're both nuts. 

          Maybe Rafini is right.  I can see my efforts would be wasted and appreciate everyone saving me from ending up with EGG on my face when I ask the Power-Folks to help writers. 

          The one rule of business is this: ONE MAY NOT EXPLOIT THE POWER-FOLKS - EVER. It takes years to build a solid image and trust with inside circles.

          1. Rafini profile image86
            Rafiniposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            didn't mean to offend - I enjoyed the free cheese in a mousetrap joke

  3. 1974 profile image71
    1974posted 8 years ago

    Oprah

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      AuthorsBookposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Not sure what OPRAH means???

      1. 1974 profile image71
        1974posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        How can you not know who Oprah is?

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          AuthorsBookposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I know who Oprah is but I'm not familiar with what you mean by replying with the word "Oprah."  The only thing I can think of is Oprah's book recommendations on her show earn her 15% commission from Amazon with each book sold.  Is that what you mean?  I want to sell you something?

          1. 1974 profile image71
            1974posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Nope, I was answering your original question "what makes a NY Times best selling author." 

            Getting your book into Oprah's book club or getting on her show will make you a best selling author.  That is what I meant.

  4. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    I see smile

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      AuthorsBookposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your support.  I'm not so sure it's a good idea because there are too many negative responses to my question.  I'm disappointed because my intent was sincer.

  5. tobey100 profile image60
    tobey100posted 8 years ago

    A good publicist.  Have you ever read some of the crap on the Times best selling list?  What a joke.  I can't write better than many of them and I'm a hillbilly.

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      AuthorsBookposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Everything you say is true, Tobey100.  And this is my point.  The publishing industry hasn't changed ONE BIT since the 1600's!  What it did do was change what it called itself from "PRINTER" to "PUBLISHER."  NOT ONE publisher - giant to micro - markets an author's book.  That's stupid and they wonder why their sales are dropping like flies.

      1. Rafini profile image86
        Rafiniposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        so you are saying...it hasn't always been the authors job to promote/market the book?

      2. tobey100 profile image60
        tobey100posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I totally agree.  I'm holding on to a finished book right now I'm not submitting till a find a publisher that might actually back it.

      3. 1974 profile image71
        1974posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I think their sales on books are down because in previous years they had no competition.  Now with the Kindle and soon the iPad to download digital books, they finally have some real concern.  Serves them right for peddling hard covers for a month before paperbacks come out.

        1. tobey100 profile image60
          tobey100posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I am so glad to hear I'm not the only one that thinks this way.

 
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