Later this month I will pull the plug on If Protestantism is True to prepare for the new book, The Protestant’s Dilemma, published by Catholic Answers. So if you want to get any memorial copies, now is the time. Of course, it does make a great gift, especially for that combative Protestant in your life. Who doesn’t like receiving a “dilemma” for Christmas?
The book has been successful beyond my imagining. I never tallied up how many copies were sold–no point and it’s a pain with the self-pub sites’ reporting–but since I’m discontinuing it I went through and got a rough total.
Total books sold: 13,600
It breaks down to around 8,600 e-books (Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony, etc.) and 5,000 paperbacks. As a self-pub author, I was unable to penetrate into the Catholic book stores. Only the enterprising book store owners who went out of their way to find out how to order them bought them. That accounted for a few hundred books at least, but not too many in the overall scheme. The book started selling in June of 2011 and ends December 2013, so right at 2 1/2 years of being sold.
Of course, I am grateful to our Lord for the book’s success. The stories that I have been told by readers of it have amazed me. I hope to share an incredible one that just occurred via a guest blog post sometime in the new month or two.
To aspiring authors, I can only say: go for it! You may not have my success–you may have Suzanne Collins’ or JK Rowling’s!–but either way it will be a learning experience. I received many rejections from publishers when I sent out proposals. Rejections, and was completely ignored with no answer from publishers as well. Don’t be discouraged. Keep contacting publishers, building your platform, and self-publish if you think it is the right way to go.
The Protestant’s Dilemma is done and Catholic Answers is putting the finishing touches on the cover and what-not. It will be out early 2014. The book is twice as good as If Protestantism is True. The original book was as good as I could make it, under my own steam and with a skilled free-lance editor. The new book is friendly, yet razor-sharp on the arguments, honed by great apologetic minds at Catholic Answers.
Thank you for your faithful reading!