eBook Egress Seekers Hit Reality Wall

Novel rejected? There’s an e-book gold rush!

There are a lot of books, even low-priced, on Kindle that are not selling at all.

Is there anyone who is really surprised by that?

Bueller? Bueller?

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Filed under Digital Overthrow, eBooks: General, Marketing, Writers, Writing

4 responses to “eBook Egress Seekers Hit Reality Wall

  1. Keishon

    Don’t judge me but my brain tends to associate cheap ebooks with bad formatting and even worse: bad writing. I know you can get those two things at just about any price point but the chances are even greater for those 99 cents digital books. Thank god for samples.

  2. In the new publishing/book setup the market will decide who gets a slice of the acclaim cake, rather than mainstream publishers. This could prove a good thing in that good authors won’t be deterred by mainstream publishers’ editorial departments, or stuck-up “literary” agents.

    They’ll go DIY and get a chance to see what the (mostly e-reading) public think.

    The savvy wordsmith, though, will TEST THE MARKET for his or her book ideas first (something the dinosaur mainstream publishers NEVER did). They try running material on blogs, social networking sites – and even better with nice-looking basic HTML/CSS sites (fast to load) with a free newsletter in place, maybe from TinyLetter (coz it won’t cost you).

    If you get 1,000 sign-ups for your newsletter, maybe, just maybe, your book idea is worth running with.

    I say this: Don’t write the goddamn books unless you know people want them. Coming from mainstream publishing and journalism I never once wrote a book or article without a commission. I’ve got better things to do ;-)

    • The day I do market research about what to write next is the day I’ll simply stop writing. Can I write on spec? Yes. Have I? Yes. Will I ever do it again? Hell no.

      I have stories to tell. If only ONE person “gets” what I’m doing, then it’s worth it. Art is not about the money. If the art makes you money, fine, but the art comes first.

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