Tag: ebooks

Jessica Park Takes Down Traditional Publishing (from the author’s POV)

This essay on Indie Reader on how Amazon is giving her room to grow and create (where traditional publishing failed) has made the blog rounds and is fascinating.

I agree with many of her points–though very few publishing professionals live the high life and enjoy long summers in the Hamptons! But her points are still incredibly valid, particularly:

I have a lovely, smart, powerhouse agent, who tried to sell my next book, Flat-Out Love, to every major publishing house. She adored the story and thought it would sell. Fourteen editors turned it down, although each one said how strong the book was. But, editors seemingly didn’t give a crap about whether or not they liked the book. What they did pay attention to were their totally misguided ideas about what would and wouldn’t sell. I heard two things over and over again about my book. The first was that my story starred an eighteen-year-old college freshman, and that age was “categorically” too old for YA books and too young for adult books. It seems that one is not allowed to write about characters between the ages of eighteen and…what? Twenty-five? Because… because… Well, I’m not sure. The second thing I heard was that because my simultaneously-too-young-and-too-old heroine was not involved with anything slightly paranormal, the book wouldn’t sell.
Publishers pay terribly and infrequently. They are shockingly dumb when it comes to pricing, and if I see one more friend’s NY-pubbed ebook priced at $12.99, I’m going to scream. They do minimal marketing and leave the vast majority of work up to the author. Unless, of course, you are already a big name author. Then they fly you around the country for signings and treat you like the precious moneymaking gem that you are. The rest of us get next to nothing in terms of promotion. If your book takes off, they get the credit. If it tanks, you get the blame.
Also entirely true.
Her heartfelt essay caught the attention of Jeff Bezos and he made it the focus of a note on the front page of Amazon. I’m guessing her sales are going pretty well today.

Book Lust Rediscoveries

I know, as a person working in publishing that has a master’s degree in library science I should rue Amazon and it’s e-book revolution.

However, as a consumer and avid reader? I can’t seem to do anything but marvel at how they are seeking to fulfill my book needs. Celebrity librarian Nancy Pearl is curating a new series for Amazon called Book Lust Rediscoveries:

Book Lust Rediscoveries is a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published between 1960-2000. Each book is personally selected by Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, as well as discussion questions for book groups and a list of recommended further reading.

The first title is available (and free to borrow if you’re an Amazon Prime member).

Needless to say A Gay and Melancholy Sound is now on my summer reading list!

Self-Publishing Obsessing

I am in the preliminary stages of negotiating to edit a novel that will be self-published. I’m excited about this prospect because I love the current tumultuous landscape of self-publishing and all the upheaval Amazon and e-books are causing. I know I should be nervous about this revolution, but I mostly just want to eat popcorn and watch the show.

Blogger Christiana Miller put together this round-up of helpful links for aspiring e-book self publishers. I think it’s awesome.