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Pinch of salt?
on 7 June 2013
I've read my fair share of 'trade secret' books and 'this is how I succeeded' testimonials. Some being informative, the others just merely obvious banter from authors who genuinely don't know the luck factor involved. This one came somewhat in between, being quite the fan of Gaughran's blog and his previous effort, 'Let's Get Digital'
I must confess, my reservations about this release were already present before I delved into it. Reasons for which, I will conclude with.
Gaughran obviously knows what he's talking about. At least the information herein isn't a constant battering of 'tweet this' 'blog that'. He seems to understand the inner workings of Amazon's somewhat bizarre sales structure and rank.
However, I come to my major gripe here - Gaughran's 'success' itself. Obviously, I have no idea what he makes and I dare say it's none of my business and I might be wrong. Maybe he sells millions under another pen name. That said, currently his works of fiction are nowhere near the sales rank required to make a living. Valparaiso, at the time of writing in the UK, is 130,000. From personal experience, that means you're selling a handful of copies every week. His two non-fiction efforts, however, are riding nicely near the top, probably being the crust earner. For me, that is somewhat bizarre. We have someone who's struggling to sell fiction as much as myself, selling huge amounts of instructional books, describing how to get said books noticed! And perhaps that's why this book was made, instead of another fictional offering.
Perhaps I'm being pessimistic, but common sense would tell you to take advice with a pinch of salt, when the person giving it struggles to succeed with his own methods.