Amazon, the biggest book retailer in the world, was the first company to see the potential in retailing self-published work. Indie authors have reason to be very grateful to Amazon for their then radical move of presenting every book to…
Kelly McClymer counts the ways.
Writers, especially self-published writers, often feel like they need a time bodyguard. There are always other pesky things to do like raise children, make dinner, do laundry, work. When I first began to write, I dreamed of the day I’d get an advance big enough I could justify holing up in my office for a full day of uninterrupted writing time.
Despite a dozen published novels, that day never came. I chalked it up to my inability to snag that coveted seven figure advance, and kept on writing, working, cooking, and cleaning (well…talking about cleaning, at least).
As more and more self-publishing authors make a success of our endeavours, more agents and publishers come calling. But too often they come with a traditional publishing contract in hand. This fails to recognise that an indie author’s situation is different to that of a tyro, unpublished author.
As self-publishers, we have built our readership and already have a following. Our e-rights are very valuable to us and we’re not keen to bundle them with other rights. We expect publishers to understand that our situation is different — and to reflect this in their contractual terms and conditions.
Here are four questions that an indie should ask before signing any deal with an agent. (Please note, the first three questions pertain to signing with agents for English language rights; only the fourth to translation rights, which is a different proposition, requiring a different set of questions).
We’ll have a blog post on that, and on questions to ask if you’re considering signing directly with a publisher, soon.
1. Will my self-publishing income be
We had a wide-ranging discussion on the ALLi Member-Only Facebook Page recently about book promotion and how to reach readers, that deserves a wider audience.
And then, as is wont to happen on our lively discussion page, the chat started:
- Joni Rodgers Interesting. I think free has its place, but we have to be more strategic about it than we were during Kindle Select shakedown cruise. I just launched a book in Kindle Select, hoping to get some little bullet point ( ie “#1 mystery download!” “Top 10 on Kindle Select”) but I’m not keeping books enrolled.
- James Calbraith So how does a new author increase their visibility now? Kindle Select used to be the last thing that still worked…
- Natalie Wright That’s a good question James.
- Joni Rodgers: James, that’s the question that’s always been asked within corporate publishers as well, and in recent years the responsibility has shifted increasingly away from
Long ago when I was a young mother looking for a little extra income, I got talked into selling Tupperware. I love Tupperware, but I am the opposite of a saleswoman (not to mention that I prefer to lurk in…
Indie author, and curator of The League of Extraordinary Authors, Joni Rodgers will introduce fun, frolics, free book giveaways, and a competition for a lifelong membership of the Alliance.
The highlight of the event will be ASK AMAZON, with Thom Kephart, Amazon Community Outreach Manager (right), answering all your questions