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September, 2010

Record setting book signing at the Griffin Bookshop

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On Saturday September 25, Mike Smith held his first book signing event at the Griffin Bookshop.  The event sold more books than any previous book signing event at the Griffin.

Many thanks to everyone who made this possible.  Especially Ms Eileen Boyd, the wonderful proprietor of the Griffin.

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Sneak Peek at Across the Line of Departure – First two Chapters

For a limited time the first two chapters of the sequel are available on line for free at this link

Help make Backazimuth a bestseller on September 28.

Join me for a book signing and reading in Fredericksburg on September 25.

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Help make Backazimuth An Amazon Bestseller on September 28, 2010

I’m working on the cover for the sequel and it would be great to put the words “Sequel to the Bestseller . . .” on the byline.  And while Backazimuth sales have been OK, it hasn’t made the bestseller list, yet.  So here’s the plan to make Backazimuth a bestseller.  Amazon Bestseller list is located here:

 and it is updated daily and hourly. 

I need your help.

If you have already bought a copy: 

  1. Send an email or FaceBook notice to everyone you think would be interested and ask them to take part in the effort.
  2. After you have read it, go on AMAZON.COM and provide a review.  Right now there are four, each a five star review.  Add your voice.

 If you plan to buy a copy:

  1. Go on AMAZON.COM on September 28, 2010 and buy the copy that you plan to purchase. 
  2. Take steps 1 and 2 above.

I’ll be sending out notices over the next few days, so I’ll keep you posted on the results.

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This isn’t your father’s publishing business

Years ago Buick created an advertising campaign around the theme that their product was no longer the staid, old-person’s car that we had been lead to believe in its previous ad campaigns.  That ad campaign didn’t really work (so I have to ask myself, why am I resurrecting it here?), but the theme applies to the turbulent times facing the publishing industry. 

A sea-change is ongoing in the publishing industry, and I’m drowning in it.  In 2009, the number of titles (in all categories) published by traditional firms dropped, but the total number of book titles published rose by 87%.  See the quote below:  

“A staggering 764,448 titles were produced in 2009 by self-publishers and micro-niche publishers, according to statistics released this morning by R.R. Bowker. The number of “nontraditional” titles dwarfed that of traditional books whose output slipped to 288,355 last year from 289,729 in 2008. Taken together, total book output rose 87% last year, to over 1 million books.” – April 2010 Publishers Weekly

Print on Demand, E-books, and the internet have changed the industry in a way almost as fundamental as Gutenberg did in the 1400s.  Authors no longer need the big publishing houses to go to market.  But, the big houses still have an iron hand on marketing and distribution chains as well as access to media for reviews and publicity.  For example:

  • Most newspapers, as a matter of policy, won’t review self-published books.
  • All of the chain books stores won’t put self-published books on their shelves.
  • There’s no best-seller list for self-published books.      

 Fortunately, the internet and social media provides new authors with a media venue that the big houses can’t control.  If you are reading this, you have my thanks.

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