Hehehe. The so-called Write Agenda have come sniffing around my door, I think. My blog isn’t all that well-traveled, you know – heck, this is only my 15th post – so I get to see the whole range of search terms that folks are using to get here (somebody once got here by searching for Ian Sales: good chap, and here’s one of his blogs to get readers started). Now, the Wrong Agenda’s favoured tactic is to list their “boycotted authors” along with the range of their Amazon sales. I know, pointless, but they have to do something, don’t they? They can hardly form a line outside every bookstore in the world and whimper “Don”t buy these books!” Hell, they can hardly form a line. They can’t even use Photoshop straight.
Back to the point at hand: one of the search terms being used right now is “steve poore sales”. Somebody wants to know my sales figures. Presumably from Amazon. I’m guessing the creeps behind Wrong Agenda are researching their critics again. Well, here’s the thing. I’m not “traditionally published” (yet). Mostly because I haven’t submitted anything to agents or publishing houses. The Empire Dance is available through a number of online retailers though. Not just Amazon. B&N, itunes, Kobo, etc etc… Amazon isn’t the be-all and end-all of publishing stats, you know, chaps at Wrong Agenda/TurnAround/ABP/etc. You must know this more than most, seeing as you trade under so many different names.
So, no, you can’t have my sales figures. You can post up the ranges of my Amazon sales if you wish, but that hardly tells the story. You really don’t have a clue on this score, do you?
Because I’ll restate – I’m not traditionally published. In fact, I’m probably your own core target market – an aspiring writer with something to sell. The key difference is that I read Writer Beware and the threads at AbsoluteWrite: I know that the fringes of publishing are filled with dead-eyed scammers like yourselves. You’re being attacked by both traditional and non-traditional authors here – do you want to give up now?
While we’re at it, you still haven’t managed to defend your stance on book-burning. Any comments?
Heh. Thought not, you cowards.