I’ve been umm-ing and ah-ing about going totally indie for some time. But then when my publisher made it clear that they expected the ebook rights to my just finished book, as well as the rest of the novels that form my backlist with them, I rebelled.
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I’ve always earned a poor income from my print books, but digitally releasing my early Rafferty and Llewellyn mystery novels convinced me that that didn’t have to be the case with ebooks.
So, when it at last looked like I was going to start earning a living that took me up from poverty level, why should I willingly agree to sink back down?
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I’d been with my publisher the best part of ten years, and they’d published twelve of my mystery novels. But seeing as they were intransigent, and resistant to any attempts to negotiate on royalty percentages, or price, or frequency of payment, I also dug my heels in.
Why, I asked myself, would I accept a 25% royalty rate when I could get 70% with Amazon? Why would I accept twice-yearly royalty payments when Amazon pays every month?
And why would I be happy with books priced at $9.99 or above, which are unlikely to sell? I know from my own experience of publishing the earlier Rafferty books which were released by a different publisher, that a lower price equalled higher sales.
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It was all a no-brainer. Yes, I felt a little disloyal. But weighed against that was how foolish I would feel accepting such a poor offer.
We’ve all read J A Konrath (A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing (see top of Blogroll to right). We’ve all learned a lot from his experiences and experiments in the ebook world and from those of his writing friends.
JA, I’m grateful to you for all you’ve taught me. I’m not about to spurn all your hard-won knowledge. So, as I said, I’m now officially an independent. Feel free to support a poor author. Here are my Amazon pages