Thursday, February 2, 2012
Nothing Western About This Trend
The e-publishing uproar is great in so many respects...especially for those with new books to contract and have a say in the price. I've been writing for over ten years and have several books published through traditional e-publishers, and the concern for me is the pricing. I'm not as concerned with charges for print books since most of the focus is now on downloads...finally. There are, however, some old school folks who still want to hold a "real" book in their hands, but are they willing to pay the outlandish prices being asked?
A question I've continued to ask myself for years is...why would someone order and wait to receive one of books when they can go to Walmart and buy two or three by a well-known mainstream author? I'm good, but I'm also relatively unknown except for in small circles here on the Internet. I don't know how to increase my visibility unless Oprah discovers me. That's not likely to happen as she hasn't answered any of my emails. *lol*
Besides, the price for me is prohibitive for anyone on a fixed income. I understand my publishers have to make a profit. They also have to pay the editor, copy editor, cover artist, and whatever other fees are incurred, then we split what's left, which sometimes is more a slap in the face than an honor. I find that making ten cents per print copy sold ($9.95-13.95) leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth. I make far more on downloads, but the majority of any money I make right now is on the two books with the least expensive price of $2.99. Those priced in the $5.95 neighborhood are going nowhere and there's nothing I can do but wait until my contract expires and hope someone is willing to accept previously published work. I see Amazon's KDP as a way of getting my brand of writing in the public eye...something I've been striving to do for years.
B&N has already announced they are removing Amazon titles from their stores because of the exclusivity involved..."Barnes & Noble won’t sell books from Amazon’s new print publisher in its brick-and-mortar stores, in an attempt to cut off access for the online books behemoth that it says “undermined the industry” by signing exclusive agreements with publishers, agents, and authors," and lots of other book stores have already closed. I wanted an e-book revolution, but it it's going to turn out to be a bloody battle like the Civil War, then maybe I've been wishing for the wrong thing. You?