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Did You Know You Probably Don’t Own Your E-books?


I’ve written about a corporate “device” or “digital method” called Digital Rights Management (DRM) before—here are 5 past posts that talk about it… When I say you “probably” don’t own your e-books, I mean, if you’ve bought them all from Amazon and certain other retailers, you don’t own them, because they have DRM woven into […]

Sunday, September 27th, Begins #BannedBooksWeek 2015 !


It’s true we live in confusing times—torn by radically opposing ideas—drenched with rank materialism; all making Banned Books Week a fascinating U.S. “celebration”. You can explore how a high school overrode their own rules to ban a book for a handful of parents… Or, how a book about medical ethics and history is called “pornographic”… Do we still […]

So You Want To Be A Successful Writer… ~ Oh, My…


Last year I wrote the article Bad Advice for Writers = Most Advice for Writers. If you want to be a successful writer you should go read that article. It begins by telling you that most books sell less than 500 copies. Then, it explores a range of motivations for being a writer that don’t include […]

What About All The Authors Whose Books Don’t Sell Very Many Copies?


An extremely small percentage of writers sell more than 500 copies of a book… One source I checked said this: “…in 2004, 950,000 titles out of the 1.2 million tracked by Nielsen Bookscan sold fewer than 99 copies. Another 200,000 sold fewer than 1,000 copies. Only 25,000 sold more than 5,000 copies. “The average book in […]

Selling Books Is Hard. ~ So, Why Do Writers Keep Trying?


In spite of the news about unknown authors suddenly selling tons of books, most books have very few readers—some estimates put it at fewer than 100 books sold… I’m going to reference a post on another blog in a minute that might give hope to aspiring writers but, first, let me link to a few […]