Question: has anyone actually sold books through Blurb?
I have gotten a good amount of positive feedback, and I'd like to think it's genuine And yet, to date, I have sold one book. To myself. I know my work may not be everyone's cup of tea, or it may just be that it costs too much (?), or perhaps folks just don't buy photography books as much as I'd like to think they do.
I make it a point to buy books pretty regularly from fellow photographers, both amateur and pro, whose work I enjoy--but I can't seem to get any love. Are there secrets that I just don't know? Am I that guy who doesn't realize his work sucks, and everyone who has given positive feedback has just been patronizingly insincere?
I really, really don't want to be the guy who doesn't realize that his work isn't any good, and people who are just trying not to hurt my feelings end up convincing me to put my work out there only to have it widely panned. But I have to say, I just feel...disappointed. I put a lot of time and work into the most recent book of black and white images from Portugal; I finally feel like I have work that is good enough to even post for general sale on Blurb. I am my own harshest critic, but I am proud of the book. Sure, it could be better. But not a single person has liked it enough to buy one? (And it has gotten plenty of traffic: a retweet from the Fuji guys and some other Internet sensations drove up the traffic.)
Maybe I don't have a think enough skin for this. I am not trying to get rich, but if even a few people had seen fit to put their money down, it would have been a big boost. It's not over-priced--from what I can tell based on similar books on Blurb and elsewhere--and Blurb gets most of the money (I didn't mark it up much--like I said, it's not about the money).
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Enough of the black-white arguments, let's examine the (18%) gray area. After all:
"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." - Obi-Wan Kenobi