Opinions on the emergence of eBooks in the modern era come with all manner of widely varied opinions. We saw J.K. Rowling go from staunchly refusing to offer her works as eBooks to routing around her publisher and offering them directly to her fans. Barry Eisler turned down a huge publishing contract to self-publish his eBooks, even as the Mystery Writers of America were telling Joe Konrath, Eisler's friend, self-publishing meant he wasn't a "real author". And, of course, we have the always prevalent opposed viewpoints of the benefits of carrying your digital library everywhere versus the preference for the look and feel of a physical hardcopy tome.Click here to read more
But one argument I haven't heard before (and I spend a decent amount of time reading and learning about the publishing world, for obvious reasons) is that eBooks are dangerous to the future of young authors because the royalty rates won't support them making a living. That's the argument Graham Swift made in an article in The Telegraph by Nick Collins.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Hidden Dangers Of Self-Publishing (gasp!)
Authors have been hearing all manner of strange opinions on the subject of self-publishing e-books. 'This is the end of the publishing industry' (maybe not), 'Self-publishing means you're not a real author' (huh?). The publishing industry is, no doubt, going through changes. The gatekeepers who control selection and marketing are being ousted in favor of direct author to audience contact. There will always be authors who do not want to self-publish and market their own work, in that, the publishing house is secure. But for those who do want to take on the challenge of being writer/publisher/marketer, publishing quality work combined with a terrific marketing strategy, the benefits (and royalties) are great.