Successful Self-Publishing Story

It’s hard to be highly successful in the publishing world, let alone when you enter that world alone and inexperienced. However, that is exactly what John J. Davis did. With no publisher, Davis made the business decision to self-publish his book, Blood Line. He and his wife, Rebekah, hired a book publicist and set out to do the typical things a first-time author would do. They set up speaking engagements, book signings, and a cross-country tour to promote his book.

This was all a lost cause though. After all their efforts, they only sold 1,000 books. At this point they realized they needed a new strategy. They began promoting Davis’ book on Amazon, holding daily discounts and deals to attract even those who were just curious. They kept up a website where they held lottery contests that, after all was said and done, cost them only a few books and a couple hundred dollars.

BloodLine-coverIn just one year, they turned their sales around completely by selling over 80,000 books.

In using the technology offered to self-publishers, this couple who knew little to nothing about the publishing business have become successful sellers in an crowded marketplace. The Davis couple serves as an example of how now more than ever, it’s possible to become successful without a publisher – all thanks to the digital world.

For a full interview with Rebekah Davis on how she and John turned around their book sales visit this website


Future Library Collects Stories to Print in 100 Years

One Scottish artist has set out to make sure that children 100 years from now will still have the opportunity to read hard copy books. Beginning last year, Katie Paterson and her team planted one thousand trees near Oslo, Norway, and where they will grow until they are fully grown, ready to be purposed for books that will be published in 2114.

Each year, one author will be commissioned to write one of the books to be published in 100 years; however, no one will read the books until then. All of the writings will be put in a special room designated to hold all future books for the project in the current library in Oslo. So far they have two authors who have contributed to the project: Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas.

While it may seem strange for these people to work on a project they will never live to see come to fruition, this project’s goal is to preserve the art of paper books and the art of writing for generations to come.

There is one thing, a calming thought behind this project: no matter where and how far ebooks will evolve, print books will be there, no doubt about it.