Sunday, October 12, 2008

Blog-Back -- veinglory

Comments on Ellora's cave and e-tailing. A surprisingly muted response if you ask me. If you know of any other blog reactions please post a comment and link. Is it a lack of interest or is this considered a confidential matter?

"By now most of the epublished world has heard EC (Ellora’s Cave) is looking into selling books by other companies on their site. I don’t see how this helps the already struggling authors whose royalties have been in the toilet for over a year." [Marianne LaCroix, Oct 9 2007]

"This is mostly a win for EC. It takes advantage of its existing readership and the brand it’s built up since 2001. It gets a royalty of 40%. At that rate it’s possible that this royalty, since it’s pure profit, is more than what EC makes from selling one of its own books." [DearAuthor, Oct 7 2008]

"The goss is that Ellora's Cave has begun to approach other smaller epublishers with an offer to distribute vetted books through a joint storefront in return for 40% of receipts." [Here, Oct 6 2008]

At this point an idea that went out to presses as a firm proposal but was discussed on the EC author loop as a "rumor" appears to be up in the air. No presses are coming forwards as definitely signing on and some are definitely not--suggesting that if it does proceed it will not offer the kind of near comprehensive cover provided by existing distributors? But the cross-availability of those exclusive EC books could make up a lot of the difference.

4 comments:

Angelia Sparrow said...

I write for four different presses at this time. Two of them use distributors, two--one of which is EC--do not.

On my part, it's a lack of interest. It's not going to hurt my sales if EC books are offered in more than one place. It can only help the other three houses to have another outlet as well.

Besides, the brass are going to do what they're going to do. And I'd rather not jeopardize my next 2 releases by getting on anyone's bad side.

kirsten saell said...

It's not going to hurt my sales if EC books are offered in more than one place. It can only help the other three houses to have another outlet as well.

I haven't heard any mention of EC offering their books at other outlets, just inviting other publisher's books onto the EC site.

And I'd rather not jeopardize my next 2 releases by getting on anyone's bad side.

I can see your point, but it's kinda sad that you have to worry about that...

Angelia Sparrow said...

Actually, the other books would NOT be offered on the Ellora's Cave site. They, along with EC books, would be offered on the EC distribution site.

So it would basically be two sites carrying the Ellora releases.

And that I have from Raelene on the EC authors loop.

What bothers me is lack of a Kindle plan. That's a quarter million people not able to impulse-buy Ellora's Cave titles.

Emily Veinglory said...

With Amber Quill and Cobblestone mentioned as having declined the offer, I begin to wonder if this plan is unlikely to go ahead on any large scale.