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The Dark Side of the Publishing Industry: The Biggest Scams in the Business of Self-Publishing with Famous Publishers and Distributors

BySamuel River

Less than 0,1% of all the authors alive today can make a living from their books. Much less than that, really know what is going on inside the publishing industry, simply because they lack the necessary amount of books, and research tools, to do studies and comparisons that allow reaching such deep, complex and hidden, but also still extremely obscure, level. I published 230 books and created my own publishing company to fightback this system, once I realized what was happening, and how certain companies were controlling, and even manipulating the whole market in their favor and in favor of the authors and books they wished to promote. And it might seem like a lost battle, a fight of David against Golias, but it did allow me to position myself among those top 0,1%, while putting nearly all of my titles classified as bestsellers among many different distributors. The irony in what I’m telling you, is that most authors have attacked me for saying the truth online, while thousands of many others kept silent, afraid that if they said something, their image and their sales would somehow be affected. And yet, “I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate but apathy” (Dr. Leo Buscaglia). This widespread cowardice, made me realize that most authors aren’t really authors, but just writers, people that think their self-esteem can be built from writing and publishing a book, whatever the quality of such book might be. They even seem to get surprised when they can’t see copies, as if readers were obliged to buy crap just because the author wants to make some sales. But “it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” (J.K. Rowling). Very few people inside the publishing industry know how it works, and those are the few that can fight it at the top level, and survive, despite all the odds against them. Among many, Smashwords certainly deserves our praise, for the immense investment they have put in fighting against giants like Amazon, in any way they can, after diplomacy and cooperation seem to fail.


Publication Date
Dec 4, 2021
Business & Economics
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Samuel River



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