Scott Pack on the influx of self-published work to ebooks:
So I welcome this influx, these previously unpublished hoards.
And here’s the thing: a ‘traditional’ deal is still the goal of most of these authors. OK, so there are many who have eschewed the system and will continue to do so but the majority would love the credibility, support and, er, lower royalty rate that a deal with one of the major publishing houses would bring. Most do feel that publishers add value and see the self-publishing option as a new route to being ‘discovered’. And if they remain undiscovered they are still able make a few quid, which can soften the blow.
I guess I’m one of these authors looking for a traditional deal. Frankly, I’d rather have professionals take care of the cover, copyediting, and so on. Many e-self-published writers feel this way. That’s the major plus against the minus of lower royalties.
Scott Pack, of The Friday Project, has been sharing some sales data on one of his most successful titles, Confessions of a GP.
Last week an ebook by an author you’ve probably never heard of celebrated one full year in both the Kindle and iBooks bestseller charts, and did so firmly ensconced in the Top 10 of both.
I’m still not sure about the ethical grounds for this book — which is a polite way of saying that I don’t see how it could have been written without compromising patient confidentiality. Is it fictional? However, the data are interesting.
This morning, I blew my nose, and — being one of those people who checks — saw that the contents were blue-black. Ah, yes: A trip to London last night. The reason? Caroline Smailes, a British author published by The Friday Project, had launched her latest book, Black Boxes, at the Borders in Oxford Street, and I’d toddled along to get a signed copy and meet the author.
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