November 13, 2006

News & Opinion: Pachter on the Author Tribulations

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 4:26 PM – Filed under: Publishing Industry

Richard Pachter writes business book reviews for the Miami Herald and today has a great article on the trials and tribulations of authors and their books. This is required reading for anyone who is thinking about getting a book published.

Here is Seth Godin's reality check from the article:
"The unspoken truth is that except for perhaps 250 giant books every year [out of 75,000 published], the publisher is expecting the author to do 100 percent of the sales and promotion. Because authors don't understand that, they end up bitter, angry and perhaps destitute."

Let me also direct you to the great post Seth wrote back in August on the subject of being an author.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.