Having finished up STRANGER (its official release date is August 27), I am going to take a break from writing for a couple of days. I have some business I need to take care of, like sending out bookmarks. Besides, I just got Julia Quinn's latest, WHEN HE WAS WICKED, and I fully intend to read it. Now. Or perhaps even sooner.
Yesterday I spotted another e-pubbed author who's broken into New York. Linnea Sinclair aka Megan Sybill Baker says on her website she's signed a contract with Bantam/Spectra. (At least one of the books under contract was previously published by her e-publisher, LTD Books.) I'm always happy to see another e-pubbed author get a New York contract... it's one more defense to use against people who claim e-published authors don't write well enough to write for major publishers. Another comment I've seen is that the only e-pubbed authors who can make it in New York write erotic romance, but I gather Sinclair writes nonerotic sci-fi romance and straight fantasy, so that argument doesn't seem to apply here, either.
Am I saying Sinclair's success proves that ALL e-published authors are New York-quality writers? Nope. There is definitely some e-published cr*p out there. But frankly, I've read some New York published authors who couldn't write their way out of a paper bag, either. You can find great books from big publishers as well as small ones. The fact that a book was produced by a major publisher is not a guarantee of quality, and there are some awesome authors writing for e-publishers.