I’m still not sure if this is serious or a joke. I mean, it can’t be serious. Can it?
If you missed the open letter Sebastian Marshall sent to the Simon and Schuster CEO back in November, read it here. It’s pretty confrontational and downright crackers. Someone proclaiming themselves a business man and then demonstrating that he fundamentally doesn’t understand business at all. He abuses a publishing company who employ experts (or “artists” if you like) to help edit, copy-edit and market books, investing the large sums that authors simply couldn’t in developing a finished product that people will be willing to spend money on (that doesn’t come out all Jacqueline Howlett). He suggests that to drum up publicity the book should be free or have a money back guarantee… what business in their right mind would put themselves at risk of losing those sums of money in the current climate?
As if that wasn’t bad enough he then went to release the following video, demonstrating that he doesn’t understand that publishers deal in both print and ebooks, and that to produce a quality product, both require investment.
He thinks that he’s been blacklisted by the industry? I don’t know whether such a blacklist exists, but I can see why people would be unwilling to work with him. I can only imagine that he plans to release whatever it is as a self published eBook and this is some stupid publicity stunt.
Oh and put some clothes on.