Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Because Traditional Publishers Know So Much More Than We Do

Dream Horse

Love In the Air, by that sad Robin O'Neill, mispublished by Avalon a year ago

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,209,768 in Books

Let's just assume my literary skills are about equal in each novel.  Just for the sake of argument.

If I'm so stupid (since that's how they perceive indie publishers), and they're so great, why is my self-published book with its homemade cover ranked about 3 million places above the professional traditionally published book?

7 comments:

gniz said...

I checked out Love in the Air. It's hardcover, and most hardcover books don't sell nearly as well on Amazon as ebooks for obvious reasons.

If they'd released an ebook version it would likely be ranked substantially higher, though given their price model, not nearly as high as your book.

I agree with your basic premise but not the example used, nor how you framed it. The implication here is that there's an equivalence between your ebook and their hardcover version--and there isn't.

An apples to apples comparison would have been more effective. Obviously, we could use Amanda Hocking's new St. Martin's release as an example. It's doing well but not as well as her self-pubbed versions did and she's making substantially less money on it because of her lower royalty rate through the publisher.

That would be apples to apples. This example, not so much. Still, congrats on your book's success, its a good rank!

Suzanne Korb said...

Haha. In your face, publishers.

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The Hostess with the Mostest said...

gniz, thanks for taking the time to comment. I do appreciate it.

The post wasn't to be taken in complete seriousness. I found it amusing to see the gap of 3 million places and thought you all would, too.