Joe Konrath, kind of self-publishing, has a blog post on why self-publishing is beneficial for authors. Of course, this model might not work for everyone, but he makes an interesting case for it. Click here for details.
From the agonizing search for a literary agent, to the long wait till your book hits the shelves (which can take as long as two years), the lack of control of the cover design, title of the book and so on, a measly royalty – is the whole traditional publishing still viable? And more importantly, is it worth it?
What a lot of new writers don’t realize is that even if your book does get published traditionally, a huge percentage of writers will never make a living off it. Unless your name is James Patterson or Nora Roberts or Stephen King.
Here is author Leonce Gaite’s take on this. Check out his opinion piece in The Huffington Post. Click here for the link.
Charlaine Harris has become the fourth author to sell over 1 million Kindle books, Amazon announced. Click herehere for the author’s website.
Sorry, if you were looking for new posts these last couple days. Was caught up in the excitement of the cricket World Cup finals! And what a match it was!
Anyway, if you are a self published author, here’s an award for you – the Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards. One of the very few out there for the self-published.
Click here for details.
By now everyone in the know has to know that Amanda Hocking, who made at least a million dollars by self publishing her book, has been shopping around for a mainstream publisher.
Now comes the startling news that NYT bestselling author Barry Eisler has turned down an offer of $500,000 from St. Martin’s Press because he would rather self publish!
Click here for the story.
This is a topic that generates a lot of hot discussions (and angst). Those are in search of the holy grail aka a mainstream publisher wouldn’t dream of demeaning themselves by self-publishing. Then there are people like J. A. Konrath, the acknowledged king of the self published. A newbie has joined the list of the self published, and she is making millions while she is at it. 26 year old Amanda Hocking has been selling about a 100,000 copies of her book online. On Amazon. If you compare that to a New York Times Bestseller, which requires that you sell tens of thousands of books to get on their list, you see what I’m saying.
To self-publish or to seek out traditional publishers? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I am too timid to go Hocking’s way. I’ll keep pounding the pavement till I’m able to find a traditional publisher.
From PR Web:
Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced it will award one of its Diamond or Pearl authors with a free Apple iPad this December. The Manuscript Evaluation Department at Outskirts Press will select the winner from eligible authors based on the strength of the manuscript being submitted for publication.