Saturday, July 03, 2010

Epublishing "Advocate" Goes on to Better Things

"Breaking News"

Great! I love breaking news!

"Ebooks give a second chance to unpublished authors who can't sign a book deal"
Um, come again?
"Ebooks give a second chance to unpublished authors who can't sign a book deal"
Yeah, I thought that's what you said. So what else does epublishing, um, "advocate" Boyd Morrison have to say?
"I had no real marketing plan. I just did it to kinda see what would happen ... and much to my shock, people saw them and started recommending them to each other on these discussion forums and they started climbing the bestsellers list." In three months, he sold 7,500 copies and, soon after, signed the book deal he longed for with Touchstone Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Okay then.  Well congrats on getting a book deal and all.
"While Morrison is happy to be a champion for unpublished writers and the future potential of ebooks, he said his goal was always to get a traditional book deal."
Yes, I can see what a champion he is for the "future" potential of ebooks.  With advocates like that....
"I was very clear I was doing this to gain a readership so I could eventually be published and I'm still glad I did that," he said."
We get it.  Epublishing is not really being published.  Please stop with the advocating and move on with your successfully published life.
From the Winnipeg Free Press, which is worth every penny.


Anonymous said...

He actually wasn't "published" with any publisher---print or ebook. He self-published the book on Amazon Kindle when he couldn't get a book deal at his agent's suggestion. He sold it for only $1.99 and it became a self-published Kindle bestseller. So he's really an advocate for self-publishing, not epublishing. Your snark is misplaced.

veinglory said...

So what was he self publishing, and what did he specifically refer to in the quote?

I have enough snark to go around but if you like I could reprint this on my self-publishing blog.

Angie said...

If he didn't mean e-books -- if he actually meant self-published books -- then he should have said what he meant. He's a writer; he's supposed to have the skill to do that.

I'm with Emily; I don't need people like this advocating for my end of the industry, even if they're only misspeaking. [wry smile]


Anonymous said...

He self-published his thriller novel that had already made the rounds of NYC publishing via his agent, and was rejected by all the major NYC pub houses. His agent, Irene Goodman, suggested he self-pub it on Amazon Kindle just to see what happened. The novel became a breakout hit on Amazon Kindle and he sold thousands upon thousands of copies. As a result of those self-pubbed sales, he ended up getting a print deal after all. (I think from one of the NYC houses that originally rejected it). He used the same self-publishing Kindle program JA Konrath uses.

veinglory said...

He did a great job of pursuing his career goals. But seriously, do you not see how the article and the quotes in it are ... undiplomatic. Especially as they are followed by a vendor suggesting that the best strategy is to price ebooks below the market rate.

Keep in mind this is a blog is for and by people who deliberately epublish for its own sake, charge market rates, and pay bills with the money they earn. He is basically saying this approach to epublishing does not exist in the present day.

I am sure ths author will be a great success in mainstream commercial publishing. But he could be just a little bit less dismissive of what some of the rest of us are doing to pay our bills.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, the below-market ebook pricing strategy seems to have strong potential to pay off for authors in the long run, especially when you look at what authors like JA Konrath are doing. The Kindle self-publishing royalty rate of 70% makes it attractive for authors too.

veinglory said...

It can be a good strategy, but typically for author who use ebooks more to get out a message, or promote print editions. the most profitable price point for digital only authors does tend to be a tad higher.

Which is kind of the message I was going for but failed to make clear. Digital authors seem to get lost amongst the hype about people whp are using ebooks as promotional tools or career stepping stones.