We're poised at an incredible moment in the world of art and commerce, because artists who have a robust fanbase actually do have a choice not to pimp themselves out for cars or shampoo. We're just taking baby steps so far into this new paradigm.
It's only been a little over a week since Amazon and Hachette buried the hatchet, so it's likely premature to see much change for the publisher's titles on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List. Still, Hachette titles do appear to have gained a bit of ground
I had a novel published at the end of 2010, almost exactly four years ago. Here's an actual question we asked ourselves after its release: Should we also put out an ebook edition? This got me thinking about Amazon.
Over the past 15 years as an independent author, I have learned a few things. Some might disagree with my conclusions, but not to worry. I am used to being pummeled, rejected and contradicted. I have been around a long time, and I am still standing.
Amazon's e-book pricing dispute with Hachette raises a myriad of fascinating issues. But one aspect of the dispute is particularly fascinating: The crazy tone and content of Amazon's public statements.
The hard truth is that most of us do not have that shiny quality that agents and editors are looking for. And it's not your fault if you don't. That allure is something that generally takes years to build and grow.
It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into just three primary paths.