Meandering through the back issues, as it were, of the Grumpy Old Bookman blog, I found a few interesting snippets.
The site is a wry and honest* (cynical?) take on the publishing business from a British perspective, and pegs itself neatly to the ground about the business of writing. Useful to have that sort of perspective to hand when faced with those who insist that I, too, can be a best-seller by blogging my way to free giveaway million-download instant success.
This post, titled Fame & Fortune Await You, caught my eye recently, with a taste of what it’s like on the traditional side of the business:
“You write a first novel which is respectably reviewed, and this creates such a windstorm of interest among booksellers that they order 200 copies of the next one.“
Go read the rest of the post. I’m off to revise my sales target spreadsheet!