Saturday, July 17, 2010
Mainsteam Versus E-Pubs
Let's look at a few of the advantages we e-pubbed authors share:
1. Ease of editing and conversation with our peers.
2. Growing help with promotion and marketing strategies.
3. Extended shelf-life. If your book isn't a hot seller with one of the big houses, your work can disappear forever. In e-publishing, you have the right back to your work once your contract expires, and you can improve and re-contract elsewhere. I've done this with my first three books, and I feel I'm offering a much better product this time around. If you're happy where you are, your current publisher may offer to re-contract your work.
4. New opportunities for personal appearances by providing demonstrations about ebooks and the ease of downloading.
5. A lot less stress. Believe it or not, we enjoy a minimum of stress to promote and sell. Mainstream authors have already received advance on their royalties, and now they have to earn it.
I'm sure there are more advantages, so feel free to share them in the your comments. Libraries are getting on the bandwagon, as are schools and colleges. Someone wise once said, "Blossom where you're planted." I'm planning on doing just that.
The Dorchester/RWA article is here: