All I’m taking is your time (and money)
Firstly, to all the people who helped make the launch of Stardogs happen.
Thank you so very much. I have been extremely nervous about this, and despite having put up OOP reverted books, such as A Mankind Witch (Heirs of Alexandria)
and novella/novellette/shorts such as Bolg, PI: Away with the fairies
up, I really wasn’t sure what sort of response a novel would get. Yes, I know, I’m a woos. But a grateful if inept one… so not today (I did it too late to make it today), but tomorrow, and the next day – 17 & 18th – the Witch’s Murder (a mere 22 pages) short is free. A review if you liked it would be lovely.
Over on Davefreer.com a reader asked why I wasn’t doing this through Baen. I replied, but part of that reply is really also in the comments on this post – well worth reading as a post – Hugh’s reply to a question – June 15, 2014 at 5:41 am – “And I’d be happy to publish with major houses again in the future if they offered reasonable terms. The problem they have is the time to market. I’m going to keep self-publishing and allow them to make offers afterward. The reader comes first. Not many publishers are willing to be second. They want to control the release cycle, slow it down, send out ARCs, prep catalogs, pump up the sales force, and all the things that slow them down and don’t work 90% of the time.”
The truth is that time is one of the biggest factors in my choosing to go alone. Time and of course, money. I have written a book – very popular — RATS, BATS & VATS
in a month. Okay I didn’t do a lot of sleeping, and editing and proofing took extra. But three months is a good long time for a book I am inspired to write. I work hard, I put in long hours. I shouldn’t be wasting time on covers, conversions, blurbs… (I think I shouldn’t. You may beg me to waste a lot more time) let alone trying to do publicity. BUT… I will get faster at all of those, and yes, nothing inspires like a bit of extra cash… that you can see paid into your Amazon account, and will get, dead on time, no problems, in two months. I’ve just got royalty statements that go back to sales… 18 months ago. And they’re as opaque as mud.
So basically, the answer is simple. I’d be happy to go trad publishing… except for preferring 70% of the price of the e-book, to 17-20%, and being able thus to keep the book prices down, and being able to work to my time-frame – and my time-frame is means you get a lot more books, and hopefully I get a lot more of your money… an equation that works for me 😉
except of course at the moment I am being distracted by Peter Grant’s War To The Knife (Laredo War Trilogy Book 1)
So excuse me, I just have a little reading to do.
By the way, on the 18th… as you tuck into THE WITCH’S MURDER, Barb’s and I will be saying this
“From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.”
And become proud Australian Citizens