In the past six months, ebooks have absolutely exploded as a viable format. Yours truly, who was waiting for something like the iPad and its competitors now coming onto the market, even owns a Kindle now. Why? Price and ease of use. Midlisters are reviving their careers by forgoing their print publishers and taking it directly to the people. Witness JA Konrath’s success with ebooks to the point of yanking two print novels before they made it into the pipeline because he wanted more control. These books will likely sell. And the good news is only Joe’s bank book counts. No more kowtowing to a mindless accounting group that thinks only in terms of blockbusters.
But we all know publishing isn’t dead. It’s changing. E-presses are in the offing, and two have already gone live. In fact, we’ve probably entered the era where new publishers and small presses would be wise to eschew print, at least in their early stages, in favor of ebooks. Why would an author go with such an enterprise when they’d have to share the money with a publisher?
We can’t all be JA Konrath. Books still needed to be edited, formatted, given a cover, and marketed, all those things print publishers still do but most ebook authors can’t afford to do themselves. Before you tell me I can hire an editor for less than my mortgage payments, go look at the latest economic news. Go on. I’ll wait.
Yeah, share the wealth, get the help.
Too many ebook authors are talking about being ebook authors. So let me ask a pertinent question: Why does your book belong on my Kindle?
Yes, you wrote a book and are selling it to the world. Enough with the format talk already. What’s the book about?