Author of Librarian Memoir Speaks Out Against Author of Library Fiction

Librarian and author of memoir "Quiet, Please" speaks out against the author of "The Library Diaries" for publishing her book with Publish America, which he deems "one of the most shameful book producers" around. He also offers to help anyone who wants to publish with a "real" publisher.

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I'm not sure how Ingram gets

I'm not sure how Ingram gets their numbers, but when I compared them to my sales numbers, the Ingram numbers were almost exactly how much I calculated (by my own estimates) that Amazon sold. Amazon is purposely vague with their numbers, and Ingram isn't much better. I will say that Ingrams numbers were about a 5th or 6th of what my total sales were. I've heard other people said you calculate Ingram's numbers by six, others ten...

If that Ingram number above is true, "16" then I would say Ingram does count Amazon numbers. The book has been in the 10,000 (3-5) a day rank for about three days; before that it was a little higher. So 16 sounds right.

For that particular book, you would not times it by 3 or 6 or even ten, because Publish America books are not sold in stores (every now and then, though it is incredibly rare, a writer can talk a local bookstore into carrying it, but that’s it). That's what's so sad about them; they make all these big promises to authors and then don't follow through. And why should they? A real publisher gives an advance, so they have something invested in the books success. Right now the author would be lucky if they made 100 bucks off the deal, which is a true shame.

>Amazon sales figures don't

>Amazon sales figures don't really stand for anything in publishing.

The Amazon Sales Rank will not tell you how many books have sold but they give a feel for the rate the book is selling at on Amazon. There are several sites that have worked to determine what rate of sales corresponds to sales rank. Here is one estimate:

Amazon Actual
Sale Rank Books Sold per week
--------- -----------------
75-100 250-275/wk
100-200 225-249/wk
200-300 150-200/wk
450-750 75-100/wk
750-3,000 40-75/wk
3,000-9,000 15-20/wk
10,000+ 1-5/wk

Amazon

>Ingram pulls their numbers from places like Amazon

Do you have anything to back up the fact that Amazon shares sales information with Ingram? I don't think Amazon shares their sales data with Ingram.

Amazon Sales

Amazon sales figures don't really stand for anything in publishing. When I published my first book, I spent hours trying to figure the thing out. I even bought my own books just to watch it rise and fall! There seems to be no logic to it. A sells rank of 10,000, in my best opinion, means the book has sold about 5 copies...but, like I said, the ranking is confusing.

Ingram does give figures, but those don't account for much either (although they're much more accurate then Amazon), because they don't factor in store sales. The only way to know for sure how well your book is selling is to get the results from your publisher.

I do agree with the author on one thing. Publish America is a complete joke! I read one story a few years back about an author who spent over 10,000 dollars of his own money to publish a book through them, and it still didn't sell. So he sued them, and I believe they settled out of court.

That is actually VERY

That is actually VERY inaccurate! Call Ingram and you will see that only 16 copies have been sold. Ingram pulls their numbers from places like Amazon (usually only online bookstores).

From the blog entry

>Do you think anyone will read your book if you publish it through Publish >America. Maybe. But consider this--the library book is getting a lot of free >attention, and it's not even listed on WorldCat. That's a pretty good >indication that this book is not very popular.

The lack of an entry on WorldCat just shows that your book is not in libraries. Following the sales rank on Amazon is a better indication of popularity. The current sales rank for Library Diaries is: #13,891. The current sales rank for Quiet, Please is #133,154.

Here is a graph that shows the sales rank changes for Library Diaries.
Here is a graph that shows the sales rank changes for Quiet, Please. The average sales rank overtime for Quiet, Please is 76424. For the time the graph shows the best sales rank for Quiet, Please was 11306. So the "Library Diaries" book is currently selling the equivalent copies to what "Quiet, Please" was selling at it's peak. (At least since April 2008 which is the time the graph starts. Which is just after "Quiet, Please" was published.)

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