Best of Both Publishing Worlds?

Posted: June 6, 2011 in Self Publishing, Traditional Publishing
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I’ve said many times that “publishing is a business for me, not an ideology” and that the right deal could certainly lure me back to the legacy world. That remains true. What’s more important, though, is the nature of what could conceivably lure me back. And what could lure me back is precisely what I’ve never been able to get from any legacy publisher–not the two who have published me; none that I’ve negotiated with, either. Specifically:

1) A much more equitable digital royalty split.

2) Full creative control (packaging, pricing, timing).

3) Immediate digital release, followed by paper release when the paper is ready (no more slaving the digital release to the paper release).

via A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing.

I posted earlier about Amazon getting into the publishing business as an actual publisher, not just a place that sells books or allows authors to self-publish.  They have already started several imprints and are gearing up staff.

This article is one of many found online talking  about/to Barry Eisler,  an established author who had earlier vowed to leave traditional publishing in favor of self publishing.  Well now he has decided on a path somewhere between the two by signing with Amazon’s mystery/thriller imprint.  He makes some good points in this conversation about how this might offer the best of both worlds.


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