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February 4th, 2009

10:30 AM

Some news and gossips from Piers Anthony

Source here.
  1. Dark Castle Lords Publishing charges $50.00 for any changes beyond correction of spellings. Hmm.
  2. He managed to sell only 17 copies of his story through Cobblestone Press from November to December. That's not a good number and I hope the average sales from that publisher is higher than this.
  3. Midnight Showcase is apparently being naughty, not paying their authors and not answering emails.
  4. Carnal Desires Publishing is closing down due to lack of business. Who are these people, you ask? Now you know why they are out of business.
  5. Joke of the day: Piers Anthony saying that Xlibris' "efficiency" will improve iUniverse/Authorhouse after Authorhouse bought Xlibris. Altogether now: BWAHAHAHA.


13 comment(s).

Posted by Nonny:

I was published with Cobblestone Press for a time and my sales figures were roughly similar... and I was promoting quite a bit online.

To be fair, November and December are sucky months for e-book releases. Particularly this last one, with the economy over here the way it is.

However, I do know of other authors published in "better" months that have had similar sales figures. Take that as you will.
February 4th, 2009 @ 3:32 PM

Posted by Treva harte:

It's possible that Piers Anthony, wonderful author that he is, is not targeting the right market when he targets Cobblestone Press readers. At Loose Id we've had a few well-known authors that we love dearly offer a submission but have said -- I don't think we would give you the exposure you deserve. Our readers are not your readers. You should look elsewhere. (Which is a killer, but the truth.)
February 5th, 2009 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Anion:

The Cobblestone figures don't surprise me.

One thing I love the most about the Piers site is, every time I hear some author asking why she shouldn't take a chance on a new house because "everybody's got to start somewhere"... I can point to it and show just how many of those places implode.
February 5th, 2009 @ 5:23 PM

Posted by Annie:

I don't know why anyone takes Anthony seriously - first he tosses money at Mundania, a horrible press then at Xlibris and then is surprised at Cobblestone. He doesn't know anything about publishing other than what his fans tell him and what he wants to believe.
February 5th, 2009 @ 9:47 PM

Posted by veinglory:

I take his opinion as about as well informed as anyone's. He just lays it out there and corrects as he goes.... He is one of the very few that gives specific sales numbers.
February 5th, 2009 @ 10:04 PM

Posted by Anon Y. Mouse:

With those kinds of sales numbers it looks like I'm going to have to revise my top 5 epubs list. There's just no excuse for a company being around that long and selling a bakers dozen book in two months?! Uh-uh. I always put Cobblestone in the tope five because they have pretty covers, I've never heard anything particularly negative about them and I assumed their sales were at least decent. Apparently not. Wow.
February 6th, 2009 @ 9:24 PM

Posted by K. Z. Snow:

In defense of ol' Piers, I do believe he's trying his best, tirelessly, to offer the most up-to-date and accurate information he can. But since he does rely heavily on reports he gets from authors, his data could easily be skewed in favor of the more disgruntled. They're the ones most likely to speak out.

I've had absolutely dismal sales figures from a couple of my publishers (one of which is at the top of the heap), but I'm not going to ascribe those figures to the publishers' incompetency -- well, maybe a little ;). Many factors contribute to any given book's success, or lack thereof, and this includes, as Treva said, how good a match there was between the book and the company that published it.

That said, I believe it IS the responsibility of publishers to take on only those works that will appeal to their readership. And only they can determine the nature of their readership. Authors only have the power to submit manuscripts; it's up to publishers to decide whether or not those manuscripts fit their models and have a chance of selling. When a pub is short-sighted, the shit should indeed land in its lap.
February 7th, 2009 @ 6:11 AM

Posted by Ummm...:

Piers Anthony's lack of sales cannot be blamed on his publisher. Let's be realistic, unless he's hitting the targeted audience there's a possibility his sale figures would have been the same no matter where he was published.
February 7th, 2009 @ 4:56 PM

Posted by BB:

Ummm, after a few years in the business, wouldn't Cobblestone have known that Piers has been through this before with the defunct Venus Press and Phaze? He's honest about this sales, so I can only imagine that his stories (and name) were good enough for him to land a spot. If blame is going to be cast (and I really don't see why it should be in this case) blame the publisher AND the author. His track record isn't great in specialized erotic romance. Perhaps the publisher didn't take that into account.
February 7th, 2009 @ 10:00 PM

Posted by Teddypig:

Well, I hate to be mean but I did not particularly feel a sudden urge to read Piers Anthony erotic story even from Cobblestone.

I would much rather read a Werewolf Romance soooo unless he wrote a sure thing like a Xanth novel for them then maybe I would agree it was the publisher not making the draw. In this case the facts are not conducive to a conclusion of a publisher problem in particular.
February 8th, 2009 @ 6:40 AM

Posted by Mrs G:

Allow me to make it clear that I, not Piers Anthony, said that 17 is obviously a low number of books sold in two months. He just reported fact as it is. He wasn't whining, nor was he blaming Cobblestone for anything. If any of the Cobblestone zealots have an issue with the revelation, then they should take it up with me and not string the poor man up by his toes.
February 8th, 2009 @ 8:40 AM

Posted by Bree:

My sales at Cobblestone have markedly dropped since summer, and I now have sales comparable to (or lower than) those Piers Anthony reported. I consistently have 3 digit sales numbers everywhere else. I don't know what that means for the company, but it certainly means it became a poor business decision for me to be published there. I think it's obvious I don't appeal to their market. I imagine the same can be said of Piers Anthony.
February 9th, 2009 @ 12:54 AM

Posted by Jennie Bean:

I saw lots of post about his release made by the publishers when he was published there so I don't know if his low sales are the publishers fault. I admire him for reporting on publishers. I will admit, I've read his fantasy books but I've never read any of his erotic work. I would guess that many of his readers are the same way. I know a couple of the authors at Cobblestone Press and they're sales seem much higher. I am not published there myself so I can't give exact numbers but with all of the publishers electronic and print closing right now, I'm glad they are still functioning. They have a pretty big staff so that's reassuring.
February 10th, 2009 @ 11:39 PM