Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Barry Eisler, who famously passed up a half million from a publisher in order to self-publish, has now signed with Amazon's new imprint Thomas and Mercer for a similar amount. (Recently on Konrath's blog, he said about passing up the contract with a Big Six publisher, " I know it’ll seem crazy to a lot of people, but based on what’s happening in the industry, and based on the kind of experience writers like you are having in self-publishing, I think I can do better in the long term on my own.") J.A. Konrath also has a book coming from Thomas and Mercer. Both authors felt at one point that they could do better with self-publishing, but apparently now have been convinced that in some cases, at least, they can do better with a publisher. Presumably those nice high royalty rates have a lot to do with it:-).

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