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Why People Won’t Like My Book And Why They Might Want To Consider Reading It…

I’m engaged in a discussion over in the forums of BestsellerBound about why the theme  of my soon-to-be-published book will make it hard to sell.Notes from An Alien

I knew as I planned and wrote it that it would be, at the very best, a niche-book–of interest to a rather small audience.

While I certainly didn’t even attempt to write it for the “general reader”, I do hope that some small yet significant group of readers will find it valuable.

It is a story, yet the Prologue says: “…this book is a story told in ‘notes’. Even though some readers may think it is a novel or a history, its form is difficult to classify in what are called genres.”

The working blurb I have is even more indicative of Notes from An Alien being a book that won’t appeal to a wide market: Start with a 500-year InterWorld War. Continue through ecological disaster and the decimation of populations. Follow the institution of a Worlds’ government that helps bring a glimmer of hope. Discover the challenges and failures of unifying three very different Worlds. Explore what it takes to give birth to a lasting peace. This is what reading Notes from An Alien promises. And, this story could help Earth…

I often have to battle feelings of rank stupidity when I compare what I’m doing to what popular authors have mastered. Of course I only feel stupid on the days when my work to promote the book has completely worn me to a quivering frazzle…

Still, I went into this project with clear eyes about what most of the reading public wants and what I felt I had to offer them.

Let me be painfully clear:

Our world is in grave peril.

People are regularly being lied to and manipulated by the powers that be.

The powers that be have no rational solutions for the multiple, global crises humanity is suffering through. They, essentially, could care less…

Most folks who love to read just want something to help them ignore the intense pressures of daily living and escape to worlds that entertain or “safely” thrill.

I admit that those last five sentences might be either false or apply only to me but this is one of those days when my work to promote the book has completely worn me to a quivering frazzle…

I’d better bring this post to a conclusion and go for a therapeutic walk. Let me end with a few more words from the book’s Prologue, the words of Sena Quaren:

“What I say next may or may not be believed but, either way, this story is true—true as fact or true in the way fiction can rise to heights unattainable by mere facts.

“I am a woman from a star system about twelve light-years from Earth. If you choose to believe me, my story might be considered a history lesson—how to achieve unity and peace—a lesson that Earth desperately needs. If you choose to not believe I’m real, my tale might be considered a science fiction story about how to achieve unity and peace—a lesson that Earth desperately needs…”
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21 responses to “Why People Won’t Like My Book And Why They Might Want To Consider Reading It…

  1. Simone Benedict March 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    A walk. What a splendid idea! As the poet wrote, nature is soothing when the world is too much witih us.


    • Alexander M Zoltai March 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm


      And, Simone, he’s saying fairly much what I feel:

      “THE world is too much with us; late and soon,
      Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
      Little we see in Nature that is ours;
      We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
      The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
      The winds that will be howling at all hours,
      And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
      For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
      It moves us not.–Great God! I’d rather be
      A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
      So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
      Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
      Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
      Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.”

      Whoot !!!


  2. Karla Telega March 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Even in the most mainstream, popular genres, people struggle with marketing. There’s going to be a learning curve in getting your book sold. “Sold” and “accepted” aren’t the same thing. The business end of publishing contains enough variables to make a person dizzy. I confess that the marketing part has me scared spitless, and I know I’ll make a lot of mistakes. Hell, just trying to promote myself often has me a quivering frazzle.

    People will surprise you if you let them.


    • Alexander M Zoltai March 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      “People will surprise you if you let them.”

      That, Karla, is what I’m experiencing on this blog and the ones I regularly visit…

      And, you, though I well expected it from the way your blog is written, delightfully surprised me with your book :-)


  3. cmmarcum March 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Up, then down, hey? I experiences these roller coaster rides, too.

    I think you have chosen well to write your book in journal form. You know, some of the very first fiction was written in letter form. This gives the author a lot more opportunity to express his/her thoughts and to infer to the reader a personal philosophy or ‘feeling.’ An ‘ought.’

    One never knows what will be important and when it will become recognized by mankind. Many artists have lived and died without every knowing their fame. Perhaps, you are called to write these words. Often I think it is the world that fails the artist, and not the other way round.


  4. Darcia Helle March 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Alexander, I hope the message within your book rattles some people out of their complacency. :)


  5. Jessie March 17, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I’d like to read it! Will it be available in print soon?


  6. Alexander M Zoltai October 31, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:

    Just ReBlogging a post from two months before my short novel was published—working on the second book in the series and could well apply these thoughts to the third book—once all three are out, my Work will be nearly done…


  7. deadeyescribe November 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Alexander. As we say here in Deadeye, “Keep your hand on the plow.” :-)


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