Rod Raglin

This blog will touch on the experiences I have as a writer (not to be mistaken for my experience as a writer, i.e. how many books I've written, etc); the pleasure and the pain, the joy and the grief, the satisfaction and the frustration, the magic and the reality - have I left anything out, oh yeah, the rejection, rejection and more rejection,  the humiliation and the embarrassment, the jealousy and the resentment - that pretty much covers it, except for why I do it which perhaps I'll realize along the way. Are you totally confused? Good, let's begin.

I’m happy for your success, Tim Grahl. That’s right. Happy.

Tim Grahl

Book Marketing Legend

Internet Marketing Pioneer

Out:think Group

Dear Tim,


First, let me thank you for sending me your emails and allowing me to download your Book Launch Crash Course. I‘ve never subscribed to any of your programs, but I find the emails informative and have even used some of your ideas.


You asked me to take a minute and give you a bit of feedback so here it is– I’m afraid it’s a bit more than a bit and strays off topic - a bit.


I love writing and I don’t care too much about sales. This is a good thing considering how poor the sales of my books are. That probably makes me not an ideal candidate for your marketing strategies and most of what I’m going to say is probably just so much nonsense to a guy like you.


I was keen when you were sending emails about “facing (your) fears and moving right into uncomfortable territory” promoting your book Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book [Kindle Edition]”. Let me just say, since I don’t want you to feel bad, I never considered subscribing to your service, but the “fears” and “uncomfortable territory” intrigued me.


It was when it appeared you’d fall short of selling 10,000 copies in one year and you slashed the price and “begged” (well, that’s what it sounded like to me) your followers/friends/strangers/do-gooders/anybody receiving your emails to buy your book so you could attain your personal goal that you lost me.


Quite remarkably, you made it sound as if they were “begging” to help you and you, albeit very reluctantly, were “going to accept (their) kind offers to help”. Even now as I write this the spin you put on that desperate entreaty leaves me feeling uncomfortable.


But I guess that’s the difference between you and me, you might say between success and failure. You’re the guy who’s prepared to achieve success by whatever means necessary, and I’m, well, I’m not.


I want writing to be my one true thing and I’m just not willing to sacrifice my integrity for sales. If that sounds self-righteous let me say I realize integrity is subjective so this is my integrity we’re talking about.


I won’t guilt my family and friends into rating or buying my books, I won’t go online and beg for sales, I won’t let my personal ambition make me “insufferable” to the person most important to me.


Delusional maybe, but not insufferable.


I’m happy for your success, Tim, that’s right. Happy.


I’m happy for the other author’s you’ve helped achieve success, though I wonder, have there not been any failures? No? It’s a wonder then why you have to keep sending out all these solicitations and aren’t like, you know, overbooked by soon-to-be bestselling authors.


Anyhow, keep sending me your stuff and, as long as it’s free I’ll keep, you know, considering it, and poaching any good ideas that come along.


Thanks and good luck with your new program Launch a Bestseller.




P.S. Look, I’ve mentioned your book, your crash course and your new program and I thought you were the one who’s supposed to be “relentlessly helpful”.


P.P.S. This took more than one minute.




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