Monday, November 08, 2010

Neglected Book

Rebecca O'Connor's Lift, her literary falconry memoir and one of the best falconer's memoirs ever written, had such good press I thought it would automatically be come a success (this despite my having written to her about "... terrific reviews, indifferent agents, incompetent publishers, [and] few sales…"). But NOOO. She has sold only 411 copies.

This is a disgrace, and at the very least an instance about how we no longer know how to market or identify good books "with trees in them"*-- a subject I will have more to say about later.

Meanwhile Lift is the kind of book any Querencia regular will love-- if you read the first paragraph, you will be hooked. If you don't have it already, do yourself and Rebecca a favor: go here and order it.

*Norman MacLean's A River Runs Through it was rejected by virtually every NY publisher, one of whom complained "This book has trees in it!"

5 comments:

Matt Mullenix said...

Hear hear!

Max Inclined said...

Sadly, publishing is more often about making money than making available quality writing that enlightens or fires the imagination.

M.L. Miller said...

Ordered my copy last night. Matt

Editor said...

Make it 412.

steveo_uk said...

ordered mine today