Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Burning Questions About E-Publishing
With the emergence of the e-book market, I have a few burning questions, in no particular order:
1. Where do agents fit if an actual sale isn't involved?
2. If you're offered a contract from a publisher, what sort of provisions do you want in the e-book clause? When Amazon is offering 70% to the author , and allowing prices as low as $2.99 in order to achieve it, what are publishers offering? And does it make a difference to you?
3. How long do you intend to continue your pursuit of traditional publication? Is there a point where you will get tired of leaving your fate up to the whims of others?
4. Does knowing that much of the marketing is left to you whether you make pennies on a sale of a traditionally published book or dollars on an e-published book make a difference?
5. Is there an opportunity here for small presses that the large houses can't (or won't) take advantage of?
6. What about the unpublished author with no reader base? Is the Sales Hill the same climb the e-pub route as the traditional one?
7. Do you see the time coming when e-pubbed books will have the editors name on the front as well as the authors? Or some kind of Better Writing Seal of Approval because it's been professionally edited?
Here's a terrific tie-in blog post from Michael Hyatt, the CEO of Thomas Nelson: http://tinyurl.com/2ut8s7d.
What are your questions? Do you have any answers, or even guesses? What do you think about this as an author? A reader?
CR: Racing the Devil by E. Michael Terrell, and wondering why I let it sit in my TBR pile as long as I did.
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