I'm going to introduce myself by my nom de plume. I'm Eric "Moebius" Morlin. I met Warren Lapine when he was still publishing Weird Tales as chair for DNA Publications. He's since sold that company to start a new publishing house that does mostly public domain material. However, I am one of the last 4 living authors he wanted to publish (according to what he told me). The other authors were heavy hitters in their day: Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock, and Roger Zealzny...
Thing is... My book is a book of poetry... I know, right.
I find a great number of folks are fans because they are curious. They are explorers, and seekers, and they recognize just like everyone else how much bad poetry there is out there... Yet most of them have also at least experienced poetry that they enjoyed once or twice in their lives.
I was told by my publisher," I won't make money on your book, but I'm a fan... and I want to at least do that much for you." He then sent me $140 and 40 books to promote it. I actually added my own money to send even more books out to publishers... and got 4 or 5 reviews. Those were pretty good.... Including one in the Seattle Press Intelligencer.
I can only figure the rest said, "WTF??! Poetry..." and that was that... I am actually working on several books now as we speak. One a non-fiction book about living on the street. One a fantasy... no spoilers on this one, and lastly a fictional book that will combine elements of both worlds. If you'd like to check out some of my material for free I have some spoken word up on sound cloud under the name: Moebius Machiavelli. It's the name of a AD&D character.
Nice to meet y'all.