Friday, July 11, 2014

Is it true that France has resisted ebooks?

MillePages in Vincennes, just outside of Paris

Q: I just read an article about how France has preserved its independent bookstores thanks to the French love of the physical book and strict rules limiting discounting. Is there really a "French exception" when it comes to books?

A: Yes, there is a French exception. And, as it is French, it is complicated to explain while being perfectly delightful to experience. For starters, books are in French. You'd be surprised how this limits predators from the US and UK. But, more to the point, publishing is highly regulated in France, with strict limits on discounts that keep book prices high, as well as a system of subsidies. Are high book prices good? That is a question that may merit debate.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Amazon vs Hachette: FAQ

NY reduced to rubble as monsters battle for profits !!!!

Q: Why is Amazon being mean to Hachette?

A: Sometimes, even though a Supplier and a Distributor love each other very very much, they have a disagreement over who should make the most money off a Product.

Q: You mean it's about money? That's horrible!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

If I publish an ebook, will I wreck my chances of getting a real publisher later?

A: It can. But it can also help. The answer is not clear cut. It depends on when and how you do it.

Q: How can publishing an ebook help me get a "real" publisher later?

A: If the ebook is a smash hit, a big publisher may well come to you with an offer to produce and market a paperback. Or an agent might show interest in representing you.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A small indie press offered to publish my ebook in return for 50% of the profits. Is this a good deal?

A: It can be, provided the publisher is able to provide support that is valuable to you. This can be financial, editorial, logistical, artistic, legal, social or – especially important to many authors these days, support, help and advice in marketing the ebook.

But if the publisher provides no support of any kind, then you might be better off publishing yourself directly on Amazon’s KDP, which offers self-published authors 70% of sales.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Do I need an editor for my ebook?

 In fact: two editors. A literary editor and a copy editor.
These days there are many options, from good writing groups, to paid services, to your publisher,
A good editor can make a book better.
And the best tip for success for a writer in the ebook era remains to write a good book.

Monday, December 23, 2013

What are the pros and cons of an ebook?

EBOOK Pros: 

Publishing ebooks is fast, it’s inexpensive, it costs nothing to distribute, and, if readers like your ebook, they can buy it in great numbers with no extra logistical or financial effort from you. 

A terrific ebook that thrills readers has every chance of getting noticed over time, especially if the basic backoffice work of writing a good description and accurate categories and key words has been carefully done and there is some communication.  

 Also, if you discover an error or something that needs to be changed, you can fix it pretty easily and republish – if you have been careful about keeping track of your files.


It is so easy to publish an ebook that overeager writers may rush to publish a book that’s not sufficiently edited, polished, or corrected. 

There is much competition.   

Major traditional reviewers won’t review ebooks. 

The act of publishing alone will not confer legitimacy; only great reviews and commercial success will. 

Also – and this is a big drawback for many authors – you cannot hold an ebook in your hand and sign it for your fans.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Why should I publish an ebook?

Maybe you shouldn’t. It depends. 

Ask yourself: What do you really want? 

If your dream is to obtain a six figure advance from a prestigious publisher with a mega advertising budget, translations in sixteen languages and a Hollywood film, your first choice should definitely not be an ebook.  Take the time and make the effort to get the best agent you can find and have that agent pitch the book to publishers until your dream becomes reality. Or until the reality of publishing helps you to redefine your goals.

But if your dream is simply to make your book available to anyone in the world who wants to read it, easily, and at an affordable price, an ebook might be an option worth exploring.
There are many kinds of ebooks: novels, memoirs, essays, short stories, how to ebooks, ebooks to establish your brand or promote your business, ebooks in every genre imaginable and for every age and taste.

It is extremely easy these days to publish an ebook with Amazon KDP.

If your dream is compatible with the reality of an ebook, then by all means, give it a try.
Just remember, however, that the quality control is up to you. 

One word of advice. Write the best book you can, then: take a moment.  Wait.  Have it edited. Think about the description, the categories, the release. Will you publish yourself or through a small press? Will there also be a paperback? Who are your readers? How will you reach them? What about reviews? How does this ebook fit in with the rest of your goals?
Take some time. Think about the questions. Then check again. Is the ebook still the right solution for you?