In the midst of all the controversy and drama between Amazon and Hatchette, let’s not forget that CreateSpace (which is the self-publishing arm of Amazon) does something that the traditional New York publishing industry could never do. It lets kids make their book publishing dreams come true.
As a book publicist, I’m always scanning the news and trade media for examples of book promotion successes, and I came across one this morning. A ten-year-old Chicago-based boy, Jake Mayer, was featured on the CBS (Chicago) web site because he is writing his second novel which is a sequel to an Amazon category bestseller that he wrote! His first novel, A Tale of Friends, Enemies and Minecraft, has sold more than 14,000 copies on Amazon in only one year. That would be a wonderful feat for an adult, but the fact that a pre-teenager (and, to be fair about it, his family and teachers) made it happen both astonishes and thrills me.
According to the CBS article, A Tale of Friends, Enemies and Minecraft began its life as a school assignment. Jake’s father imagined that, once the book was published, it would sell fewer than a dozen copies.
Mr. Mayer was wrong in his projection of book sales, but that seems to be the only thing he was wrong about. He is raising a young man who is an inspiration to all kids, and to everyone who wants to write and publish a book.
Amazon, despite its quirks and shortcomings, has made it possible for Jake Mayer to become a successful novelist at age ten.
This book publicist appreciates the fact that book promotion opportunities have come Jake’s way. He’s earned them!