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Sunday, February 7, 2010
I Heart Being Epubbed
What is there about being NY pubbed that I'm not getting with my epublisher?
Okay, so I don't get an advance on my books. Look at how advances have diminished drastically for the NY authors. They also get an abysmal percentage in royalties, compared to 35% for the average epubbed author for ebooks, and 7% for print. And let's not forget NY authors have to pay their agents off the top first.
NY authors get little if no input on their covers. Epubbed authors are allowed to fill out cover requests AND (or at least in my case) I get to "tweak" the cover once I receive it from the artist.
So what do NY authors get that I don't get now? They're at Amazon, and so am I. Fictionwise/OmniLit/ARe - check. Inevitably it comes down to mass market distribution in brick and mortar stores, and that's about it, as far as I can tell. Yes, but that mm distribution means a LOT when it comes to sales, I know.
So I guess the final question is this...is it still worth "the dream" of being NY pubbed, considering the slow decline being felt by the Big Six in NY?
I would love to hear others' opinions.