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The Amazon Experience:

Guest post by Jamie Sutliff

I am a published author. My first two books published by a small regional press sold out the print run in six months. There were only two thousand copies which became popular on a local level based on folklore of Northeastern Native Americans. During that time the publisher filed for bankruptcy and closed. With less than $1500 in royalties I could not afford to reprint.

Amazon sold more of my books than Barnes and Noble and both companies were selling and asking for used copies and still are to this day. A friend mentioned that I should try to record the books. I had been a road musician for seventeen years and she convinced me that my voice would work as a professional reader. We already had most of the equipment and all I needed was a sound room. We built a tiny studio set up the microphones and equipment and I embarked on a new path for my writing. After several months of trial and error I made a demo disk and sent it to Audible thinking they would reject it. Two days later the acquisitions department called and offered a contract.

The phone call was one of the nicest experiences I’ve had. She was professional, polite and excited with my projects and asked for an exclusive. I accepted the contract and believe it or not I did not know that Audible was a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon. Many articles and blogs complain that Amazon is too big, a monster that consumes everything possible. My experience with Amazon up to this point was as a customer and they do go out of their way for customer satisfaction. Client satisfaction is however not on the same level.

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Something wicked this way comes?

My projects were assigned to an engineer whom I came to know as the Dragon Lady. I sent over three dozen CDs to start as this was an acceptable format outlined in the contract. Two months went by without notice of receipt, something else outlined in the contract and I worried that my audios were lost in the mail room or misplaced due to the sheer size of the company. Seven e-mails were not answered so I sent an e-mail to the woman who offered the contract. She forwarded my mail to the Dragon Lady and I received a reply within forty minutes. Yes my CDs were there – end of note. Sending a mail through another department was a fatal error. Dragon Lady took great offense that a nobody such as I would dare to contact her by a third party.

From that time on I walked through Audible hell for six months as Dragon Lady rejected my work six times. These were her rules: If one mistake is found it cannot be repaired by sending a single MP3 track even though the contract says this is acceptable. The project has to be reloaded with every track (chapter) in numerical order.  Each project takes up to six weeks to process and at the end of each month she found something else wrong most were simple things that could have been repaired and reloaded in five minutes. Because I had enraged Dragon Lady with the e-mail she sought revenge month after month until I became convinced that she was possessed by the ghost of Leona Helmsly and reigned as Audible’s official Queen of Mean.

The only defense was to send another mail to the legal department asking that the contract be reduced and reinstated as non-exclusive due to the abuse of this small minded bully who simply refused to process my work. Legal contacted Dragon Lady and informed her that she breached the contract and to put my work on line without further delay. Dragon Lady did so without apology or even notice that the projects went live. She made sure the audios were not listed or advertised, another breach of contract.

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Author trapped in audible hell.

To answer the above question, yes Amazon is too big. Their subsidiary programs have too much control and again client satisfaction is nothing while customers are given anything they want. I had the same problem with Create Space though not as bad as the Dragon Lady. The books they print are inferior with misaligned covers, faded ink and one book was actually put into distribution with twenty one blank pages in the middle of the book. Lucky for me the investment was tiny and I made them refund the cost of the misprints and you guessed it, I did this by complaining to another department.

Kindle select was another mistake by allowing them exclusivity I have lost valuable markets for two books that would have expanded sales. Amazon programs do not care after your signature is on the paper or the agreement is made on line. I have stopped all advertising for Audible and Create Space. I do run ads for Kindle but those will stop too after I withdraw from select, which will be soon then I will send the books to other publishers.

If you are an author, I strongly advise working with a credentialed e-publisher. Paying the fee will buy some piece of mind and your book will have a better chance with multiple venues. All e-books go to Kindle anyway so do not make them the single source.

If you are thinking of audio books follow the same rules. 1. DO NOT make an audio with an artificial voice – most distributors will not handle them and the ones who do are not worth the trouble and fees. 2. DO NOT make any company a single source distributor – you are cheating yourself this way, depriving your work of multiple venues. 3. Last but not least – DO NOT sign a contract in a hurry because you are so grateful, so thrilled that someone says they like your work. The sad fact is that most e-book companies do not even glance at your manuscript and they will publish a shopping list hand written on toilet paper if you pay the fee. Remember that e-publishers do not advertise your work unless it is for a fee and I’ve seen ad packages for as much as $3000. This is another rip off. You have to advertise your books like everyone else on FB, Twitter and other social media programs and for the stout-hearted ones who believe in their own work consider running local newspaper ads for under $50.

I hope this information helps someone who wants to publish their first book and the final fact is if your work is good, word of mouth will sell it in time, it may take a lot of time but it is the best method – no returns. I wish all of you the very best of luck because you will need it. Cheers from Audible Hell—Jamie Sutliff.

This post solely reflects the views and opinions of its author.

About Jamie Sutliff: 

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Jamie Sutliff is an artist/sculptor/author living in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. He specializes in life-sized wildlife sculpture for museums and private collections, including 2 Museums of Natural History. His work has appeared in over a dozen national magazines, most recently, The Smithsonian, Oct 2004. His research on early northeastern Native American tribes has led to the writing of three novels on the subject. Two of these novels in a three book series, “The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain” and “The Land of the Nen-Us-Yok” were published in 2007 (regional small press) and awarded four star reviews from Foreword magazine for the learning curve offered to young adults with lessons in Native American languages, math, global warming and modern day issues woven through fast-paced fantasy plots. First Edition Design Publishing published these three illustrated books as a trilogy in May 2012 and the edition is available on eBook venues world-wide. Sutliff has written six novels (two premises for graphic novels) and a short story collection. He has five novels available in trade paperback.

Sutliff has critiqued aspiring writer’s work for various groups and workshops. Visit him at www.jamiesutliff.com

About First Edition Design Publishing:

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book market First Edition Design Publishing is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) book distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts and formats manuscripts for every type of platform (e-reader). They submit Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and over 100,000 additional on-line locations including retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company’s POD division creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. First Edition Design Publishing is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with Apple and Microsoft.

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Digital Books for Schools #FED_ebooks #ebook #teacher #writer

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Digital Books in the Classroom

 
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Bestseller List #FED_ebooks #author #writer

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NY Times Best-selling Book List

Hardcover Fiction

1. Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn

2. Inn at Rose Harbor. Debbie Macomber

3. Odd Apocalypse. Dean R. Koontz

4. Friends Forever. Danielle Steel 

5. Where We Belong. Emily Giffin 

6. Wards of Faerie. Terry Brooks 

7. Black List. Brad Thor 

8. I, Michael Bennett. Patterson Ledwidge 

9. Kingmaker’s Daughter. Phillippa Gregory 

10. Fallen Angel. Daniel Silva

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Paterno. Joe Posnanski 

2. Obama’s America: Dinesh D’Souza 

3. Shadowbosses. Mallory Factor 

4. Amateur. Edward Klein 

5. Wild. Cheryl Strayed 

6. Killing Lincoln. Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard 

7. Wheat Belly. William Davis 

8. Fool Me Twice. Aaron Klein 

9. Dearie. Bob Spitz 

10. Double Cross. Ben Macintyre

Trade Paperback

1. Fifty Shades of Grey. E.L. James 

2. Fifty Shades Darker. E.L. James 

3. Fifty Shades Freed. E.L. James 

4. Bared to You. Sylvia Day 

5. Best of Me. Nicholas Sparks 

6. Beautiful Disaster. Jamie McGuire 

7. Three Simple Steps. Trevor Blake 

8. Switch. Megan Hart 

9. 11/22/63. Stephen King 

10. To Heaven and Back. Marcy C. Neal

 — Publishers Weekly, Sept. 3, 2012

What’s your favorite?

About First Edition Design Publishing:

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Now Toys”R”Us Has a Tablet #FED_ebooks

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Even Toys”R”Us Has a Tablet Now

Toys”R”Us has taken a good long look at the increasingly crowded Android tablet market and decided it wants a minuscule sliver too. So starting October 1st, every child’s favorite store will start selling a seven-inch, $150 Android device called the Tabeo targeted at younger users.

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book market But what makes the tablet kid-friendly? Besides a custom UI that keeps Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich stripped to the bare necessities, the Tabeo comes pre-installed with 50 different apps that cover everything from games, to educational titles, to ebooks. And its custom app store is promised to offer some 7,000 additional titles, including favorites like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. There are also plenty of parental controls in the 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor-powered tablet, including the ability to remotely lock down or limit the device from a browser, for those times when your young’n locks themselves in their room.

At the moment Toys”R”Us’ online store shows the Tabeo available for pre-order with a ship date of October 1st, but the official press release indicates it won’t be hitting brick and mortar store shelves until the 21st. With competitors like the MEEP!, Vinci, and LeapPad already targeting kids, this is certainly a sector that might be over-served already. But who knows, maybe Toys”R”Us has managed to build a $150 Android Tablet that’s a lesson in something more than abject frustration.

Source: gizmodo.com 9/10/2012  By: Andrew Liszewski

About First Edition Design Publishing:

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book market First Edition Design Publishing is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) book distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts and formats manuscripts for every type of platform (e-reader). They submit Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and over 100,000 additional on-line locations including retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company’s POD division creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. First Edition Design Publishing is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with Apple and Microsoft.

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Kobo Challenges Amazon With New Android Tablet #FED_ebooks #Kobo #Android #Kindle

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Kobo Announces A New Android Tablet To Take On Amazon

 

Would anybody be so bold to announce a new line of eReaders and Android tablets the same day as Amazon’s big press event? The Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite are immediately impressive, but is there an alternative? Kobo thinks they have just the thing.

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Kobo Glo

Kobo announced today that they will be bringing four new devices to market this year. Three of the devices are updates to their eReader line while the other is an entirely new direction for the company – a 7-inch Android tablet. Kobo’s eReaders are currently in the hands of more than 10 million people around the world, but they obviously want to expand that.

Taking on the Paperwhite and the Nook is the Kobo Glo. It uses what they call ComfortLight technology to provide a superior reading experience. In reality, it uses the same frontlit screen technology that the Kindle Paperwhite and Nook use to replicate a realistic reading experience. The device will be available on October 1 for $129.99. For comparison, the Wi-Fi Paperwhite will only be $119.

Kobo is also taking on the original Kindle with the Kobo Mini. The 5-inch tablet is reportedly the smallest and lightest eReader on the market. It uses the same E Ink screen that other eReaders feature but offers the convenience of being able to fit inside a pocket. It will hold up to 1,000 eBooks. The Kobo Mini will retail for $79.99 on October 1.

The Kobo Touch is already available, but the company decided to give it a price cut to remain competitive. The eReader is now only $99.99. It features new software that Kobo says will help readers “personalize the reading experience, get recommendations and discover new content.”

The major announcement from Kobo today, however, comes in the form of the Kobo Arc. It’s a 7-inch Android tablet that runs on a customized version of Ice Cream Sandwich. The UI is called Tapestries and it pins content on the homepage to recommend new content to users. One major advantage of the Kobo Arc is that it’s able to access the Google Play store for even more apps than what Amazon offers on their store. The Kobo Arc launches in November in two flavors – 8GB for $199.99 and 16GB for $249.99.

While it lacks the killer presentation that Amazon put on, Kobo has a decent line up of devices for the holiday season. They cost more than Amazon’s offerings, but the Kobo brand has its loyal fans. They’re sure to eat up these new products, and they just might get some new fans this year as well.

Source: www.webpronews.com  — 6 September 2012

By: Zach Walton

 
About First Edition Design Publishing:

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book market First Edition Design Publishing is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) book distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts and formats manuscripts for every type of platform (e-reader). They submit Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and over 100,000 additional on-line locations including retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company’s POD division creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. First Edition Design Publishing is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with Apple and Microsoft.

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Why I chose to self-publish #FED_ebooks #indieauthor #author #ebook

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Why I chose to self-publish

Guest Blog by Geoff Veit

      It isn’t hard for me to explain why I chose to self-published my first book. I think my reason is common, but certainly not the only reason. When I have asked other writers why they self-published, their answers are usually one of these or the same reason I have.

  • It is faster. I wanted to get this information out as soon as possible.
  • It’s the way of the future. Self-publishing is the new platform.
  • My book has a unique or narrow reader base. It is easier to target that base.
  • I don’t have the time to send out query letters and find an agent.

             And there are probably a few others that I don’t remember. As you can see, in most cases, it had to do with a timing and effort issue. I agree that it takes time to write letters not to mention the expenses involved for mail or for copy materials. If you work a full time job then your time is a legitimate issue.

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Fott’s Journey by Geoff Veit published  in eBook by First Edition Design Publishing

     The reason I published electronically the first time is, in a single word, discouraged. I was discouraged about the conventional route. I wrote the query letters, I emailed, I called, I tried to get a foot in the agent’s door, any way I could. After struggling with that issue for a few months, I tried contacting the publishers directly. I had the same result approaching publishers that I had trying to find an agent. Dead ends, No person actually read my book and said “I don’t like it, no thanks” or “You need to clean it up.” They never asked about my other writings or tried to find out who I was or what might be the opportunity in my future writings. Nothing, no comments at all except an occasional letter explaining that the agent or publisher wasn’t accepting anything new.

     I was past discouraged and in fact I almost let the discouragement stop me from doing what I love. The lack of publisher interest left me feeling like a failure. I didn’t realize there was an alternative until one Christmas morning, about 6 years ago. I was given a Kindle and that got me thinking about electronic books and from there I thought about self-publishing and a short time after that, I self-published my first book. All the things that I had let hold me back, were gone. I wasn’t discouraged any more. Sure, there was still a lot to do but now I had control of what to do and when.

What are your thoughts about self-publishing?  Enter a comment below.

About Geoff Veit:

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Author Geoff Veit

      Geoffrey J. Veit, was born in Ithaca New York and now resides in Central Florida. Until now, his writing has been for the business world but a love for all children and having raised three children of his own, brought about a strong desire to write a children’s adventure book.

     Without a fixed genre, Geoffrey is free to offer fiction and nonfiction in several subjects. 

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About First Edition Design Publishing:

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book market First Edition Design Publishing is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) book distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts and formats manuscripts for every type of platform (e-reader). They submit Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and over 100,000 additional on-line locations including retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company’s POD division creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. First Edition Design Publishing is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with Apple and Microsoft.

Visit: www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com

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Feds Tracking eBook Pirates #FED_ebooks #ebook #author #indieauthor

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Every Time You Torrent, Feds Log Your IP in Just Three Hours
 

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Anyone who has downloaded pirated music, video or ebooks using a BitTorrent client has probably had their IP address logged by copyright-enforcement authorities within three hours of doing so. So say computer scientists who placed a fake pirate server online—and very quickly found monitoring systems checking out who was taking what from the servers.

The news comes from this week’s SecureComm conference in Padua, Italy, where computer security researcher Tom Chothia and his colleagues at the University of Birmingham, UK, revealed they have discovered “massive monitoring” of BitTorrent download sites, such as the PirateBay, has been taking place for at least three years.

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“We only detected monitors in Top 100 torrents; this implies that copyright enforcement agencies are monitoring only the most popular content music and movie on public trackers,” the team says in its presentation paper. “Almost everyone that shares popular films and music illegally will be connected to by a monitor and will have their IP address logged,” says Chothia.

Given the vast numbers of people whose IP addresses will have now been logged, the finding raises the question over what enforcement outfits now plan to do with their harvested data. Have they gathered a war chest of targets for future copyright infringement lawsuits? Or are they simply assessing the scale of the problem to make governments act?

If it is for lawsuits, the standard of evidence may not be enough, says Chothia. “All the monitors connected to file sharers believed to be sharing illegal content. However, they did not actually collect any of the files being shared. So it is questionable whether the observed evidence of file-sharing would stand up in court.”

Source: www.newscientist.com By: Paul Marks

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Poe’s Ten Saddest Moments #FED_ebooks #writer #author

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Having a bad day? Check out the top ten miseries of Edgar Allen Poe.

Poe’s Ten Saddest Moments

Edgar Allen Poe was a living tragedy. And his work – in all its brutal, incarnadine-motifed morbidity – reflected that fact. For every poem about a dead young lover or gravestone polished by a widower’s tears, there is a horrible justified sadness lurking just at the other end of the quill, cursing unjust fate. Poe’s life was a string of unfortunate events, which may have inspired some of his greatest gothic/romantic/anti-transcendental writings. So while we owe a debt of gratitude to his brilliantly impassioned body of work, we must also keep in mind what torture was endured to make his pages truly bleed and moan. Here are ten of the saddest moments in Edgar Allen Poe’s life:

10 Orphan

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Straight out the gate, Edgar Allen Poe had it rough, as if he were literally born into misfortune. Born in 1809 (the middle child of three), his birth parents, Elizabeth and David Poe were both actors. In 1810, his father abandoned the family. In 1811, his mother died of consumption, also known as pulmonary tuberculosis; Poe was effectively orphaned. Little did he know, this would be the start of a cruel sort of tradition in his life.

9 Under-Supported

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While Poe was living with the Allens, patriarch of the family John Allen – a well-off Scottish merchant – neglected Poe in all sorts of ways, emotionally and fiscally. Poe was never even formally adopted. Meanwhile, Poe’s foster brother was spoiled fat in plain sight. When Poe finally went off to school, his foster father didn’t give him enough money or supplies, and soon Poe resorted to gambling. Also, Allen had received a large inheritance from his deceased uncle, zero of which Poe benefited from. While Allen did send some money and clothes after Poe pleaded via a series of desperate letters, there was still a surmounting debt in Poe’s name (not to mention a lack of the basic wherewithal to get by). Thus, Poe was forced to join the military to make ends meet. He did, all the while, continue to write here and there and for various publications and newspapers. But ultimately, and far too often, he did find himself the quintessence of a starving writer.

8 First Love Marries Another

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Before Poe went to school, he became smitten with a girl named Sarah Elmira Royster, but when he went off to study at the University of Virginia, she – with the prodding of her meddling father (who destroyed all of Poe’s letters to her) – married a wealthy man who could provide her a future, of which Poe seemed incapable. They had two children (and lost two more at birth), but in 1844 he died, leaving the family an estate worth $100,000, on the condition that she didn’t remarry. She and Poe did become engaged again later on, to the reluctance of her children, and the two never ended up tying the knot prior to Poe’s death.

7  Foster Mother Died

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During a time when Poe was enduring strict radio silence from his foster father – who had been ignoring his letters – Poe’s foster mother Frances Allen had become ill and died in 1829. Poe had received no news of this fact, nor of the burial arrangements, as he learned the fact the day after when he came to visit. At this point, Poe was devoid of all mother figures, not to mention a proper father figure.

6 Disowned by Foster Family

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John Allen eventually remarried, and continued to be an asshole to Poe. When his wife discovered Allen had children out of affairs, the conflict led to the disowning of Poe, who was never actually legally adopted to begin with. One last middle finger: when Allen eventually died, the inheritance money went to his illegitimate children, not a dime left to Poe.

5 Brother Died of Alcoholism

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After Poe was disowned, he sought a home once more, and found it with his natural aunt, cousin, and older brother Henry. Henry, unfortunately, had a drinking problem (as did Poe, who lost a number of jobs over it), and ended up dying from it in 1831. After this, Poe tried to clean up his act and start writing with intent.

4 First Wife Died of Tuberculosis

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While staying with his relatives, Poe fell in love with his 13 year-old cousin Virginia Clemm. In Baltimore, they married in secret, and they lied about her age on the marriage certificate (alleging she was 21). Poe, at the time, was 26. Eventually they did have a public ceremony, after Poe found some literary success. But one day while she was singing and playing piano, she coughed up blood, which was a symptom of tuberculosis, or the Red Death, which Poe felt to be a tangible pursuer. After her death on January 30, 1847, he never really recovered from his depression, which he drowned in alcohol, despair, and late night visits to her frozen-over grave site.

3 Failed Romances

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With the loss of Virginia and virtually every good female presence in his life, he had a void in need of filling (one which alcohol couldn’t effectively satiate). He became engaged to poet Sarah Helen Whitman, which ultimately ended due to Poe’s drinking (with some help from Whitman’s disapproving mother). After that didn’t work out, he looked his ex-fiancée Sarah Elmira Royster up in Baltimore, who was widowed at the time, and planned to marry her. Fate had other plans…

2 Poe Died of Mysterious Causes

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The cause of Poe’s death is uncertain, and death certificates no longer exist, but there has been wild speculation over the years, including: rabies, syphilis, epilepsy, and brain swelling related to alcoholism. He was found in Baltimore, deranged and disoriented (and not in his original clothing), and was taken to a hospital by a man who found him in the streets. His last word were said to have been, though he hardly lucid in the hours prior to his demise, “Lord help my poor soul.” His last cry for help in a life cloaked in utter tragedy.

1  Defamed by Literary Rival

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As if his death and life-long suffering weren’t enough, his literary rival Rufus Griswold – who had an axe to grind ever since Poe wrote some bad criticisms about him – decided to sully his name after death. Penning Poe’s obituary and first biography, and filling them with lies and all sorts of disinformation – like that Poe was a drunk and a drug addict and a womanizer and had no friends or morals (using Poe’s own personal letters against him) – Griswold was dismissed by Poe’s friends who knew better. Griswold’s efforts backfired as his biography actually helped sell Poe’s work, and Griswold is known only today as a petty grudge-bearer and for being Poe’s first biographer and obituary writer (however inaccurate). So this story – that of Poe’s life, that is – begins incredibly sad and ends slightly happy, one minor victory bookending a thoroughly defeated life.

Source: listverse.com By Ryan Thomas
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