Topselling writer for time-poor readers

Remember those posts I did a week or so ago about earning a living as a short story writer, and the link a few of us were chatting about here, about how to be the next big-selling author?

Well, look who pulled it off: the man who “wrote” an empty book.

What this says about people’s desire to read actual words is a bit sad, but the outcome for the author, Sheridan Simove, looks happy.

His book, What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex, managed to gain a foothold in the Amazon humour charts, and has sold way more copies than his previous two non-fiction books, ‘Ideas Man’ and ‘Presents Money Can’t Buy’.

You can read the story of how Sheridan got a blank book to no 44 on the Amazon charts here. He thinks a million authors hate him. Personally, I don’t. In fact, I think all those self-helpy type books should be published blank. And quite probably lots of duff “how to” books, too. Though the article, if you can bring yourself to read it, has some potentially usable tips on promotion….

And although he is not writing fiction, some of the things Sheridan (or Shed) has to say still ring true:

any new author needs to wake up and smell the rankings. Most books, however well written, hardly sell many copies at all.