“My book is on Amazon so it MUST be selling, right?”

“My book is on Amazon so it MUST be selling, right?”

I often hear from authors who want to alert me that their publisher is ripping them off. The emails usually go something like this:

“My book has been up for sale for a few weeks. I haven’t made any money. My publisher hasn’t credited my author account for anything. All my friends told me they bought copies. Can you let me know what you you’ve heard about my publisher?”

Impatient Irene probably did not read the information her publisher provided when her book went up for sale. Ingram, the largest distributor, pays publishers months after a sale. And, since they are the largest distributor, and have thousands of retail customers across the globe, they must receive reports and payments from all of those, compile those reports, and then process multi-thousands of payments to their publishing clients. Only then can publishers pay their authors.

“My book has been on Amazon for almost a year. I’ve been busy writing a new book so I hadn’t checked my sales in awhile. I sold a couple of hundred copies when it first came out but there’s no way that nobody has bought any copies over the past few months.”

Dropped the Ball Danny made the classic mistake if publishing his book, getting bored after promoting it for a few days or weeks, and getting right back to work on a new book. If you don’t promote it, people won’t buy it. Period.

“I know copies have sold because my grandma, aunt, sister, cousins, neighbors, and others have told me so.”

Gullible Gary actually believes that all of those people bought his book just because they said they did. I previously covered this very common phenomenon before RIGHT HERE.

“I really hate promotion. But, I don’t have to do it because it’s on Amazon so people have seen it and I find it impossible to believe that nobody has bought it…”

Non-Sensible Susan is one of those people who thinks something will sell just because it’s on Amazon. No, it won’t. Your book competes with millions of others. Again, if you don’t promote it, people won’t buy it. If you do, you can sell an impressive number of copies. Many self-published authors have found a way to make a living selling their books. But, assuming that will happen just because your book is on Amazon is an common yet incorrect belief among some new authors.

Before you fire warning shots at your publisher, send repeated false accusations, or (worse!) hire an attorney, read all of the information your publisher has provided. Never assume. Doing so can lead to disappointment, frustration, unnecessary long-term stress, and, if you continue to send false accusations, even a terminated publishing contract.


Got questions about Print On Demand and Self-publishing? Ask Angela Hoy.

About The Author


Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).

Angela has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises.

WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.

BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."

Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.

PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!

Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.

Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)

See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.

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