I recently reviewed a novel by S J Bolton on my blog. The author, who has Google Alerts, came to the blog and left a nice comment.
Having enjoyed the book, a lot, I went looking for another book by her, entitled 'Awakening'.
I couldn't find it in my local branch of WHSmiths, the only 'local' store we have now, and to find a Waterstones, about the only bookshop chain left in the UK, you have to go to a large town or shopping mall.
I was about to order it from Amazon, but came across a stall in my local market selling paperbacks. Sitting in the middle of a plastic packing case was, 'Awakening' by S J Bolton, new, pristine and unopened, for £2.50
In fact all the books were brand new, pristine and unopened, and all at the same price, with new releases mixed in with well known titles from best selling authors from Wilbur Smith, Marian Keynes and yes, well, S J Bolton.
None of the books were pirated copies, or at least they certainly didn't look it. I took one home and compared it with the same copy I bought from a bookshop and it was identical.
This book has a RRP of £8.99 - and although I felt pretty bad about buying it, I did. But what does that say for the current paperback market? How does an author make money from royalties at this rate? Also, this is the market I aspire to, so if I finally 'make it' and get published by a mainstream house, I imagined it would be sold from a shelf in Waterstones, not from a market stall.
Apologies SJ, but I'm only human. And mean.
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