Author Topic: I seem to be pretty popular in places where I don't actually sell books  (Read 494 times)  

Offline Duane Gundrum

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One of the more interesting phenomenons I've come across may come as no surprise to some of you, but years back when I was being published by legacy publishers, a few of my books were doing semi-okay. But what's significant about it is that those books have been somewhat out of print for years, and I mean YEARS. But copies of those books managed to make their way to different locations, and as is often known to happen, some "publishers" in Eastern European countries took a hold of some of my stories and reprinted them. Without my permission. So, basically, a couple of my titles became underground sellers that profited a bunch of people who stole my work.

But this post wasn't meant as a complaint post, but just as one of those interesting asides. It turns out that since then, I've somehow managed an interesting following in some of these unique countries, where out of the blue I'll receive fan letters or fan emails from people in broken English, talking about a previous book I had written some years back (almost as if it's a brand new novel that I wrote a few weeks ago). It's almost like a second version of Duane has managed to make a name for himself, even if it's not gaining me any income whatsoever.

So, to that other Duane out there, my hat goes off to you and welcome you to whatever success an underground economy seems to bestow upon you.

For others, this sort of thing happen to you? Keep in mind, I've been in the industry for decades, but it just seems really bizarre that a second life has kind of emerged (in addition to the regular one that has basically never really changed that much).

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    Offline C. Gold

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    I often wonder about where all my paperbacks will roam. It's cool to be read in other countries, even if you don't get any royalties from it.

    Offline f2b4

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    Reminds me of Sixto Rodriguez, completely unknown in the U.S. but bigger than Elvis in South Africa.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDw7OqVBT-w

    Offline America

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    it's good. you must have proven yourself to be a good author

    Offline America

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    it's good. you must have proven yourself to be a good author

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