Thursday, June 2, 2011

More Changes in the Publishing Industry

Holy paperback, Batman!

Things are still moving and shaking in the publishing industry, as a new, and fascinating, option opens up for authors.  You may remember whenI blogged about author Barry Eisler turning down a $500,000 deal with a traditional publisher to self publish his new books.  WELL, as you guys probably know, Barry just signed with a new Amazon imprint, and it seems like the terms he was offered are Kickin RAD.

Barry had another one of his lengthy e-discussions with J.A. Konrath about his decision and the hullabaloo it created HERE.  It's a long one, but it's seriously worth the read, as were the last two segments.  In fact, Joe and Barry are releasing this convo as a 30k word, 99 cent e-book so you can put your kindle in a ziplock and read the whole thing in your tub.

One of the most fascinating things about this development is that by bitching about Legacy Publishing's crappy terms for authors, Joe and Barry seemed to have egged companies like Amazon on in creating author-friendly terms like nothing we've ever seen before.

This can only create more competition and better options for writers in the long run.  In fact, someone in the comments said that they've noticed more and more agents closing for submissions and scouring Amazon for new talent.  Things have definitely turned on their heads, and I have to say.. I think it's a great thing.

As both of these guys say:  "If you're in the egg selling business, don't piss off your chickens."

What the heck do you guys think about all this?

Are you excited by the changes or hesitant?  Why do you feel the way you do?

1 comment:

Ryne said...

Great blog post. Things sure are getting interesting.