I finally figured out how to make money in publishing, and I'm going to share it. I received an unsolicited email today offering me various publishing services for $15 each. Here's a sampling:
d) I can post an "author spotlight" for your book on a highly popular blog.
e) I can add 30 likes to your positive reviews on Goodreads. All likes come from unique accounts and multiple IPs.
f) I can add your book to 35 - 40 popular listopia lists by voting for
them. All votes come from unique accounts and multiple IPs.
g) Do you have a free ebook in PDF format you want to share with the
world? I can distribute your free PDF to 15 TOP QUALITY websites. These
websites rank high in search engines and are considered to be authority
sites for PDF sharing.
h) My BESTSELLER SO FAR: I will rate your book with as many stars you
want on Goodreads, post 1 honest review, mark your book as 'read',
become your fan and add your book to the listopia list of your choice.
That's $15 apiece for those "services," OK? So for all 5 would be $75. He offers a discount if you want all of his services.
Now, then. Compare that with an ad I saw on Craigslist. I often check to see what kinds of gigs they're offering writers, since as you may know, I am a writer.
The ad is seeking people to write erotica for a "new publishing company," not named. They will send you an outline of what you're supposed to write--apparently just a chapter or two, since other writers will be working on other parts of the book. I guess they want to publish as quickly as possible, so why not have many people work on the books?
Anyway, here's the kicker: they're offering $.005 cents a word. That's half a cent per word. They say that rate is "as per Amazon that's the market rate now." I didn't know Amazon published market rates for working writers, but maybe I missed it. Now this "new publishing company" says you should be able to write 3,000 words per hour, and if you do the math that's a rate of $15 an hour. I think I'm a pretty fast typist, but I don't think I type that fast, and remember you're supposed to be CREATING