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Mar 29th 2007 7:15PM As a self published author of two books, "The System" and "Daydreams and Nightmares," I can thoroughly understand the frustrations of getting a publishing company to even consider reviewing any material that they might consider worthy of their publishing and distribution. Only a person like Russ Whitney would have the ability of recognition for Amazon to even consider advertising his book. I commend him for taking the initiative to come up with a plan of action that would potentially skyrocket his book to somewhere near the top of the charts.
All though this recognition doesn't necessarily mean that people are going to jump up and buy it, it certainly does put his book in front of a lot of others that won't get anywhere near the same recognition.
Writing a book is indeed time consuming and expensive and trying to recoup that investment often times does not occur, especially for a new author.
I wish I had the personnel that Russ Whitney has to get my books that "shot in the arm" that is so vital to the success of any author's writings.
For this reason many new authors are turning to vanity presses to at least get their books in print. How they manage to advertise their books is totally up to their own personally resources and expense. Getting any publisher to pursue a new author is next to impossible. I wish Russ Whitney well and hope that he attains the most from his book both personally as well as financially.
I too donate 10% of any profits from the sale of my books to my church where I think it would best be used for local people who need our support in many ways, including a vast amount of financial support. Being a new author does not give me the exposure so that I could potentially contribute even more to worthy charitable causes.I would hope that Russ Whitney would find some generosity in his heart to contribute to a charitable cause. After all, does he really need to personally gain from the financial profitability of his book with all the moeny that he most likely has now?