Friday, March 8, 2019

The wisdom of the stacks

I have been working for many long years with the non-fiction books. And as an at once enormously successful author and an enormously unsuccessful author I take a keen interest in all kinds of books on authors, writing, and publishing. Today I came across a book called The Complete Guide to Self Publishing. I took from it here everything you need to know:

Never trust a book on self publishing that wasn't self published.


  1. That is excellent advice, and I thank you for it. In return I offer "Never make snow angels in a dog park."

    Have you read The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell? Some of his entries remind me of your writing. You might enjoy it. Then again, you might not. I don't think I have a very good grip on your tastes!

  2. Though I experimented with snow angel making in my earlier years in Minnesota, I found them... unsatisfying, but should I be seized with the urge again I shall take your advice to heart.

    Though I consider my tastes understandable, I am also a very hard sell and so I appreciate your consideration. This one does sound up my alley, and I have requested it, finding in the process that it is popular and underbought by our largely on auto pilot acquisition team. Which means I have a goodly wait for one of our three copies.

  3. Ah, yes, there is a waiting list. HCL has 33 copies and 164 holds. I have a copy until 3/21, if you want to read it right away. Or give it a trial run to see if you like it. Let me know if you'd like me to bring it in. Fastest way to let me know would be to use

    I sometimes put my requests in at RCL and HCL then see which one is available first.

    Of course, my card is from SPPL. I rarely use SPPL because branches aren't where I need them to be.

    1. I quite appreciate the offer. Thank you very much. I will keep it simple nevertheless and wait my turn hoping for the best.


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