Friday, October 21, 2005

Friday Morning Grits (Mississippi-style)

Nothing like a plate of hot, steamy goodness to bring you that feeling of home--that is, other than the P5, of course:

(2) SUFFER IN SILENCE: 51,765 6
(3) COOKIN' FOR LOVE: 71,237 6
(5) THE CIRCLE OF SODOM: 98,412 5


Out of the gate we have another POD author who was picked up by a major house for publication! Speaking of grits, Verne Edstrom (who knows what his real name is), who published DR. VERNE'S NORTHERN WHITE TRASH ETIQUETTE with iUniverse, is now having it released with Random House as WHITE TRASH ETIQUETTE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO UPSCALE TRAILER PARK MANNERS.

More proof that one man's trash is another man's treasure. (*rim shot*) Congrats to Dr. Verne!

Who says POD books are ridiculously expensive? Well, pretty much everybody. But what is Judith Regan's excuse? Why is this pick-up artist tell-all going for $29.95 in paperback? And why is it ranked in the top 20 at Amazon?

This may very well be the most interesting discussion I have seen on PA yet: Is PublishAmerica a Cult? Pretty funny, actually--and makes a few good points.

A quote: "The authors don’t want to leave the security of “the family,” nor do they want to lose their new friendships or the feeling of being a real author."

Joe Konrath (mega-selling author of WHISKEY SOUR and BLOODY MARY) has an excellent post on his blog about self-publishing--and why it is not necessarily a bad thing.

Check out his posts from October 8th ("Self-Publish Isn't Always a Bad Word") and from October 12th ("Sandy Tooley Part Deux") Very informative and interesting--and may serve as a mental boost for those of you who already went the self-pub direction.

If you POD'd your book and want to get it some exposure--or if you want to recommend a book for some exposure--check out, where they will Podcast selected books/interviewees.

This from Judd Bagley of LongTaleBooks: "For what it's worth, the self-published author featured in my first podcast estimates he has sold over 60 books in 2.5 weeks as a result of the interview."

The more I look around, the more I see POD prices starting to look like regular book prices (except for PublishAmerica, of course.) Like this title from Zumaya, it is getting harder and harder to tell the POD from the non-POD.

And regarding advances--and why we all fantasize about six-figure ones--don't feel too bad. Turns out Barbara Boxer, the infamous left-wing senator from California, only received $15,938 as an advance (which she had to split with her co-author) for her novel, A TIME TO RUN, which was released yesterday by Chronicle Books of San Francisco.

Well, I've had my fill of the grits. I'll clean up this mess later. For now I think I'll just hang on my front porch with the fly swatter.

And fear not--more treasure is on the way!