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January 24th, 2014 by Joel Watts

A word to those seeking to publish with Waterfall (@Amazon)

Aspiring authors, don’t go chasing Waterfall, but stick to the publishing companies you are used to. Sometimes, authors want to have it their way or nothing at all, but maybe they are moving too fast.

I understand. You are just a lonely author, gazin’ out of the window, staring at a contract you just can’t have. You have a natural obsession for publication that we can’t see. It promises love that your mind can’t handle. You just say, “But it’s good for me.”

One day, you’ll get a glimpse in the mirror but won’t recognize you’re own covers. Your talent is fading and you don’t know why.

Y’all don’t hear me.

Aspiring authors, don’t go chasing Waterfall, but stick to the publishing companies you are used to. Sometimes, authors want to have it their way or nothing at all, but maybe they are moving too fast.

From the link above,

Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of Waterfall Press, a new Christian imprint that will specialize in faith-based non-fiction and fiction. Waterfall Press non-fiction will aim to provide spiritual refreshment and inspiration to today’s Christian reader, while fiction will include stories in the romance, mystery, and suspense genres. Waterfall Press titles will be published by Brilliance Publishing, part of the Amazon.com group of companies, which currently offers readers self-help and personal growth books under the Grand Harbor Press imprint.

But the reality is:

Such limited distribution can be crippling. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out in 2012, when Penny Marshall’s celeb memoir was published by Amazon, it sold 7,000 copies in the first month — fantastic numbers for workaday authors but disappointing ones for someone who is already famous and had the full benefit of Amazon’s intranecine marketing machine.

That’s because Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart and many independent bookstores wouldn’t stock a title from their most aggressive retail competitor.

Read the rest at the link above. Seriously. Go.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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2 Responses to “A word to those seeking to publish with Waterfall (@Amazon)”
  1. John C. Poirier says

    Is your opening line an echo from TLC or Paul McCartney?

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