Prize-winning writer and Authors Guild Vice President Richard Russo discusses publishing in the age of ebooks, the continued relevance of the Guild, and the Amazon-Hachette conflict....more
Posts Tagged: self publishing
Writers have been getting poorer, and it turns out publishers are partly to blame. The Guardian reports that while authors are expected to do more when it comes to marketing and promotion, and though electronic books have lowered costs for publishers, the beneficiaries of these savings tend to be the publishers rather than the authors:
Nicola Solomon, who heads the 9,000-member strong Society of Authors, said that publishers, retailers and agents are all now taking a larger slice of the profit when a book is sold, and that while “authors’ earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing”
The rise of digital self publishing has rekindled old arguments about the value of publishers. Authors often criticize publishers as merely providing packaging for their hard work. At BookRiot, Susie Rodarme explains the value of a good publisher:
Publishers know books. They know the industry upside down and inside out.
As authority disseminates across webs of increasingly smaller presses and publications, it becomes harder and harder for new authors to see their books on bookstore shelves, especially those of larger stores like Barnes & Noble’s.
Unless, of course, they put the books there themselves:
They haven’t yet asked me to stop desecrating their shelves with my book, or notice, for that matter.
The rise of self-publishing and smaller independent presses has left many writers questioning the value of literary agents and their fifteen percent commissions. The collaborative nature of publishing depends on these middlemen though, warns Bethanne Patrick at Beyond the Margins:
…agents today do more than simply harvest a commission (if indeed they ever did only that).
After two years of global roaming, Andrew Hyde funded his self-published travel book This Book Is About Travel through the website Kickstarter.
His funders indicated their overwhelming preference that his book be available on a Kindle, a sentiment understood and welcomed by the author himself, who is a self-identified Kindle reader....more
More fuel to add to the self-publishing discussion:
HTMLGIANT has posted a thorough guide on self-publishing books—how to print, distribute, get your very own ISBN, and a list of what has been proven not to work binding-wise. Because learning from the successes and failures of others is always helpful and saves time....more
To say that I’ve had a checkered history in publishing would be like saying Elizabeth Taylor had a checkered history in marriage....more