Right now, the mostly lovely people on my accounts management team do not understand my frustration at being unable to penetrate bookstores. “CreateSpace’s position is that we encourage you to think beyond the bookstore. Brick and mortar stores have limited shelf space. And as a self-published author you do not have any guarantees. Only one out of every seven book buyers goes into a store. Most buy online.”
I have read somewhere recently that only one out of every ten books published today will be fiction. Forget literary fiction. Fiction is in big, big trouble. If Einstein were alive, maybe he could remind people that: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” But he is dead. And all the numbers are against you.