Friday, July 10, 2009

Yorkwriters.com on Kindle and the Self-publishing Paradox


As an experiment I've just made Yorkwriters.com available for subscription on the Kindle store.

Price is $1.99 a month. Don't complain to me about the price, as curiously enough Amazon sets whatever they think it's worth for you. The provider has no choice in the matter. If it seems high, keep in mind that it includes wireless download with no fees, which I think it one of the coolest things about the Kindle.

If you haven't noticed, the price on the Kindle 2 has dropped too, down to $299. If you're interested in buying a Kindle, you can also support our efforts here by buying it through the Kindle link in the sidebar to your left.

I don't seriously expect a lot of movement on the subscription thing, but it's an experiement in what will likely be an ongoing series of experiments in Kindle (and other types of) self-publishing.

Now, some of you will be saying (possibly screaming) to your computers, "Steve, you and Chris have written extensively and repeatedly about the wrongness of vanity presses and self publishing. What kind of B.S. hypocracy is this?" (If you haven't read what we've said about the subject, check the index of past writing articles on our blogs. It's in the sidebar to your left again, down a ways.)

Okay, point taken. However, I stand by almost all of what we've said on the subject. Though the publishing world has changed and continues to change rapidly, certain basic things are still true:

It's Foolish Not to Exhaust Conventional Markets Before Going to ePub - Yes, things are changing, but conventional publishing is still the major thrust of the publishing industry. These are the people with the exposure, the money, and the market penetration. They're still the people who will actually pay you a significant advance against royalties on things they publish.

Publishing as a conventional book is still (for the moment, anyway) the better deal. That's why ePublishing mega-successes still almost always end up getting printed as dead-tree books eventually.

Submit to the Big-Guys first. ePub new stuff only when you don't have other obvious options.

Money Should Flow Towards the Writer - There are now many electronic and print on demand options that require no up-front expenditure on the part of the writer except for their time and trouble in setting up.

It took me about thirty minutes to establish an account on Kindle Publishing for Blogs and to publish this blog. Cost zero.

There's just no reason for you to be paying money to publish your own stuff. Companies that charge big up-front fees just don't make sense any more, if they ever did.


Most of the Newbies Eager to Jump into Self-Publishing are Wasting Their Time and Cluttering the Internet - Sorry newbies. The great majority of stuff in circulation that doesn't see to a commercial market doesn't sell because it just isn't good enough. Such stuff shouldn't be sold. It may sour the market for your stuff as your writing improves, and you may develop the skills to fix it later. Tricking people into buying stuff that isn't good enough to sell isn't a win, even if it makes you money in the short term.

The Other Side of the Equation
On the other hand, ePublishing offers a possible revenue stream for writing that doesn't have an obvious commercial market (like the essays on this blog), work that didn't sell to commercial markets (but which hopefully is still of publishable quality), and work that has previously seen print, for which the author retains rights, and which is currently not making them any income.

That's what we're looking at. We're still working with commercial publishers, and plan to continue to do so. The ePublishing is a side-project that may generate a little income where there was none before, and that may eventually turn into something more.

Mostly, it's bread upon the waters. We'll see what comes of it.

(Since posting this, I've just read a post by Michael Stackpole on the breakdown of conventional publishing that's a lot more extreme that what I said above. To be honest, I can't find a lot to argue with in it, and it's certainly worth readng.

He does ignore one intangible of conventional publishing that still applies. While, as he says correctly, publishing "brands" don't have much value, collectively, having a recognized publishing imprint on a book, having it appear on shelves in print, and having it show up in bookstores still offers a stamp of legitimacy that a straight eboook doesn't have.

But beyond that, publishers termendiously over-estimate their worth, and it gets worse every day. It's only going to take a few run-away ebooks (and that now seems inevitable) to completely erase the ebook stigma and cut that value to nothing.

Anyway, go read what Stackpole has to say and reach your own conclusions.)

17 comments:

  1. Job writer is one of the most profitable in our time. Especially if you work at home https://www.proficientwriters.com/ . I've been practicing it. And already managed to earn enough money to buy a car. How do you like such job?

    ReplyDelete
  2. . Commonly, self-publishers don't wish to surrender control of their book by any means. how to get my book published

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. self publishing companies

    ReplyDelete
  4. Maine is having a hot dry, near drought summer. None of the pictures was taken less than six weeks ago.vacanze viareggio

    ReplyDelete
  5. thanks for sharing such a excellent work keep it up welland real estate

    ReplyDelete
  6. I really like the dear information you offer in your articles. I’m able to bookmark your site and show the kids check out up here generally. Im fairly positive theyre likely to be informed a great deal of new stuff here than anyone.Huawei Repair Singapore

    ReplyDelete
  7. Nice thoughts with great helping content. I have also been seeking such thoughfull content to learn and appy in the life. We have also created such type of content on our site. You can refer out site for more ideas.Pest Control NJ

    ReplyDelete
  8. It was a decent post in fact. I completely delighted in understanding it in my lunch time. Will unquestionably come and visit this blog all the more regularly. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing. vintage clothing stores

    ReplyDelete
  9. It is smaller to be probing your blog post "Costumesrock.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. You give readers a lot to think about and I appreciate that kind of writing. bvi sailboat charters

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have as of late begun a web journal, the data you give on this website has helped me incredibly. A debt of gratitude is in order for the greater part of your time and work.sexy costumes for women

    ReplyDelete

  12. New Jersey SEO company providing you with the best digital marketing services all over the US. The SEO company New Jerseycovers all aspects of digital marketing terms to boost your ranking on the search engine platforms. Seo company new jersey also provides you all social media services
    for the promotion and growth of your business on a social media platform like Instagram SEO .New Jersey Seo company also provides you with the service of web designing, mobile application development, and application development.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Dental Services in New Jersey since 1998-Hamilton Dental Care. Offers a variety of dental services in Hamilton to meet all of your dental needs. Let’s say if you are searching for the cosmetic dentistry near me or cosmetic dentistry hamilton NJ then you might come across with the Hamilton Dental Care because it is the best dental health services provider in the NJ. It gives you a smile that you can be proud to show off.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Excel Dental - Dentist in Langhorne offers cosmetic dentistry procedures, restorative dentistry, affordable dental implants including mini dental implants as well as full dental implant in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Book your dental appointment for teeth whitening for any cosmetic procedures in Langhorne, Pennsylvania if you are searching for a general dentist near methen you might come across with Excel Dental Langhorne because of its best dentist in Langhorne

    ReplyDelete
  15. The affordable online boutique is a leading store for the fashion loving women, and it offers classy, designer and trendy outfits at economical prices. Boutique in Atlanta offers a wide range of shopping options for women of all age groups. If you are looking for women's trendy tops or boutique dresses then affordable online boutique is the destination for you. The highlighting aspect of the southern boutique is the seasonal dressing offers. It offers a wide variety from boutique summer dresses to trendy sweaters that keeps you warm. The online boutique also specializes in rompers, jumpsuits, two-piece sets, coats, vests, cardigans, boutique tops, and women's accessories. Yes! Along with the trendy tops for women, you can also get the matching accessories like hair accessories to stand out of the crowd.

    ReplyDelete
  16. 24*7 mobile truck repair in Atlanta.. Premium Truck and Trailer Repair LLC all the truck repair, trailer repair, services in Conley, Atlanta. Premium Truck and Trailer Repair LLC offers high quality and cost effective truck and trailer repair services. Our professional truck repair near me can fix your heavy duty truck and trailer for hassle free travel.

    ReplyDelete