I'm not offering very much at the moment. A bunch of things I was planning to post, I would have posted, had not some other interesting tidbits come through. And this is one of them. I am acquainted with the author, and she claims she's "done everything right". But she still can't get published. Which is all too common, I'm afraid. First, please don't get me wrong. At the moment, before the novice author tries anything else, they should at least attempt to sell the traditional way, IMO. Because -- and believe me I've seen it -- there's quite a bit of "self published" crap out there. No, I'm not talking about small, independent presses. They often find authors that are very good. I've seen some of those, too. What I'm talking about is authors that have an idea, think they can write, but don't bother to polish things too much or don't bother with the research necessary for their topic, or who knows what else. But they still want to "independently publish" because they think their idea or story will "sell itself". This particular author has done the best she knows how to do, has tried very hard to sell her book the "traditional way", but has failed to get a "bite". And I know she's not the only one. I know someone else -- personally -- who is having the same problem. So what is an author like this to do? I don't know, but she offers one answer, that might be at least worth thinking about.