It’s the start of the work week again. Blah.
At the beginning of September I usually reset my goals for the next year and I post them to remind myself where I want to go. This year my mind has wandered from being published to who am I being published by.
It can be a touchy subject and I may get smacked for bringing this up. That’s okay, smack me, I’ll even bend over if you say, “Please.”
Let’s start at the beginning, when I was a reader only. Never dreamed of writing a book and read books like my life depended on it. I never cared who published my favorite authors’ books as long as I could buy them easily.
I am open about my career. I have no secrets to keep, at least writing wise. When I started to submit my books to publishers, I did as most authors do and started at what is considered the top of e-pubs and worked my way down the list. This resulted in my having three publishers: a well known one, another who is middle of the road but growing, and a brand spanking new one. I wish I could say I did this on purpose so I could see the differences but I didn’t.
We know that the new accessibility to e-readers and e-books has changed the publishing industry. Print publishers, including NY trades, have started to acknowledge the industry’s growth and have started selling their own e-books. What I want to address is how in the last year it has affected the e-publishers. Most of the founding e-pubs are from the time when e-books were mostly available from their website and not third party venues. Now with Kindles and Nooks everywhere people are buying it from their preferred sites and like me, before being a writer, don’t care who publishes the books. They just want good stories.
I think this has shuffled sales around in the e-pub industry and as writers we don’t know it yet. I wanted to strive this year with a new goal to have a MS accepted by one of the bigger names of e-publishing but now I’m wondering, “Am I doing the right thing for my career?” Do I want prestige or do I want a decent royalty check? They don’t always go hand-in-hand. You’d think they would.
What do you think?