The story made me think. I always said that if I won the lottery, I'd continue to write. I would also have continued to pursue traditional publication because that was my original dream.
But as I work hard to promote my current book, I notice that someone with money has a decided advantage in book promotion. A wealthy person could, for instance, hire a top-notch publicist to give his or her book the best chance possible.
With enough money, you could pour big bucks into fun promotional products and mail them to every bookstore in the world. You could take out an ad in the biggest trade publication or put up a billboard in Time Square.
You could even try to get it green-lighted in Hollywood. Although money won't necessarily get you far in the land of dreams. Money also won't guarantee the public will like your book, even if you managed to catch the interest of a publisher. Money can, however, introduce your book to a large number of readers who might not have known about it otherwise. Will that lead them to buy it? Read it? Tell others about it?
But say you won the lottery and could afford to push your book to the top of the charts. What would it mean? Chances are, not much if people didn't seek it out on their own.
What would you do if you won more money than you could ever spend? Would you stop working? Authors--if you had more money than you could ever spend, would you buy up enough copies of your book to make the bestseller list?
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