Two big named authors are deciding to try their hand at self-publishng and leave traditional publishing behind.
1. Thriller writer, Barry Eisler has walked away from a $500,000 book deal to self-publish his own work. Plus he let go of his agent. You can read about his decision over at self publishing guru author, J.A. Konrath's blog where J.A. and Barry talks about his decision in doing this.
Here's a small taste of the interview:
Joe: So... no BS... you were just offered half a mil, and you turned it down?
Joe: Holy shit!
Barry: I know it’ll seem crazy to a lot of people, but based on what’s happening in the industry, and based on the kind of experience writers like you are having in self-publishing, I think I can do better in the long term on my own.
Joe: Holy shit!
Sorry. That needed to be said twice.
Barry: It’s okay, I like when you talk dirty.
We are living in remarkable times, aren’t we?
Joe: Indeed. "Barry Eisler Walks Away From $500,000 Deal to Self-Pub" is going to be one for the Twitter Hall of Fame.
Barry: Here’s something that happened about a year ago. Anecdotal, but still telling, I think. My wife and daughter and I were sitting around the dinner table, talking about what kind of contract I would do next, and with what publisher. And my then eleven-year-old daughter said, “Daddy, why don’t you just self-publish?”
And I thought, wow, no one would have said something like that even a year ago. I mean, it used to be that self-publishing was what you did if you couldn’t get a traditional deal. And if you were really, really lucky, maybe the self-published route would lead to a real contract with a real publisher.
But I realized from that one innocent comment from my daughter that the new generation was looking at self-publishing differently. And that the question--“Should I self-publish?”--was going to be asked by more and more authors going forward. And that, over time, more and more of them were going to be answering the question, “Yes.”
This is exactly what’s happening now. I’m not the first example, though I might be a noteworthy one because of the numbers I’m walking away from. But there will be others, more and more of them.
2. Over at All About Romance's blog, beloved historical and contemporary author, Connie Brockway has also announced that she is also going to self publish as well.
Excerpt from the interview:
So, what are the major reasons that you’re making the change?
Connie: Oh, there’s reasons a-plenty. First off, the contract I was offered was not good either monetarily and elsewise, the elsewise being in terms of eBooks. It doesn’t take too much business acumen to look at recent eBook sales history and project that eBook readers aren’t going to pony up the same amount for an eBook, that exists only as a virtual entity, as a paper book which costs substantially more to produce (printing, shipping, warehousing, distribution, covers etc.) Or if they do, they aren’t going to do it often. And if the publishers set the price too high, it’s the authors that lose the most. I hate losing.
Of course, this was more than a business decision. Strictly as a writer, I’m squealing with joy at the notion of being completely free to write the stories I most want to read. And, I sincerely believe, that my readers most want to read.
Connie has stated she has tried to convince her publisher to write a sequel to All Through the Night, but they refused. All Through the Night is one of my all time favorite romances and one I've been dying to have a sequel for. If she does do a sequel, a squee will be heard around the world from me.
As two authors move away from traditional publisher, there has been a few wonderful book deals announced.
3. Paranormal romance author Jill Myles and all around quirky and lovely person has just announced a 2 book deal to Berkley Heat under her new pen name, Jessica Clare.
"Jill Myles writing as Jessica Clare’s WHEN SPARKS FLY, in which a woman seeks romantic revenge on the boy-next-door turned hockey hunk who did her wrong in high school, until they reunite and she finds herself caring more about the romance than the revenge, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley Heat, in a two book deal, by Holly Root at Waxman Literary Agency (World English)."
Congrats Jill! (we'll still have words over you spoiling Breaking Dawn for me in July)
4. And for those bloggers who are aspiring author who think you can't get published, well one blogger has succeed this week with an eye-popping announcement.
Lenore at Presenting Lenore who reviews YA and loves to post pictures of her adorable cats can call herself a YA author:
"Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers has acquired a YA novel called Level Two by Lenore Appelhans, in a joint acquisition with CBS Films. According to S&S, this is the first time the company has coordinated a deal so that an author received a simultaneous book and film offer. In Level Two, the liminal place between our world (Level One) and heaven, Felicia spends her days reliving her memories from the security of her pod—until she gets broken out by Julian, a boy she met on Earth. Appelhans writes the popular YA blog Presenting Lenore. Level Two will be published in either fall 2012 or spring 2013, with a 200,000-copy first printing."
5. I'm simply amazed by Amanda Hocking and all her success. Not only has she made almost $2 million dollars on her own self publishing in one year alone, and sold 300,000 more books in February, but she has just signed an incredible deal with St. Martin's for $2 million for 4 books with the publisher:
"Amanda Hocking, the 26-year-old author who shot to fame by selling more than a million copies of her self-published books, has signed up with a traditional publisher for her next series.
St. Martin’s Press, part of Macmillan, will publish Ms. Hocking’s “Watersong” series, four books in the young-adult paranormal genre. A heated auction for the rights to publish her books began early last week, and several major publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, dropped out as the price climbed into the seven figures."
Amanda is living the dream I'm aspiring to reach. I bow down to her. Good luck Amanda and ignore all those naysayers coming out from all sides and being Debbie Downers about your decision to embrace the traditional publisher world. They are simply, petty and immature jealous haters. My motto has become, do what makes you happy and that's what's Amanda is doing. If only we all could be so lucky. Zoe Winters, who also self publishing, and is also very successful at it agrees in her post called Disgusted. You can't tell me if a publisher offered you a 7 figure book deal, or even half or that, of hell, a quarter of that, you wouldn't take it? I would.
6. Yesterday RWA announce the 2011 Rita and Golden Heart Finalists. You can click here to read the nominations.
There are some great books nominated and worthy authors up there, but I'm not happy overall with the nominations.
Could someone please explain to me...
How Meljean Brook's The Iron Duke was not nominated when it was one of the most well received, admired and buzzed about romances last year? Major Fail!
another excuse to post hot man-titty cover
Why is it that not one digitally publisher book from an epublisher is not nominated? I know for a fact that digital books were submitted for nomination. Are you telling me out of the amount of digital books submitted, not one was good enough to be nominated for a Rita?
Why under the Series Romance category, it's overrun by Harlequin and Mills & Boon? I guess it should be renamed Harleqin/Mills & Boon Romance category. Again, not one digital ebook that could be considered a Series Romance was nominated.
And not having a GLBT and Erotica category, but having an Inspirational category is wrong. Yes, there, I said it. It's wrong.
Perhaps the Ritas should be renamed- WTFckery Ritas. I guess I'm bitter because I'll have a book published this year that I would like to submit for the Ritas. But what would be the point because from no digitial books nominated, mine would probably not stand a chance because it's a digital release that will definitely be published in print, but unfortunately not by one of the big 6 publishers.
Am I wrong about my feelings about the Ritas? What do you think?
Anyone else have any fabulous book news they may have read about their favorite authors? Of if you're an author yourself, you're more than welcome to leave a comment about your incredible news here.