I have already quit.
I have quit what so many other authors have ...
Seeking traditional publication.
See Nathan Bransford old but still excellent post:
Let's face it : a lot of us are questioning the wisdom of querying agents and trying for traditional publication at all,
whether because of the length of time it takes,
the fear of losing control,
e-book royalties, and many other factors.
1.) Length of time it takes:
A year? Two?
Though it hurts my lips to say it, John Locke has a point:
when the product you have is hot, two years to get a second book into the reader's hands is too long for the interest not to have cooled down to an Ice Age.
A salesman with a hot idea and no merchandise to sell is in agony.
With ePublishing, you can have a backlist of seven to eleven books for readers to gobble up in the time it takes a SECOND PRINT BOOK TO COME OUT!
Let's be real. What prompts you to pick up a book? Usually the title at first. The Publisher can stomp on your beloved, carefully chosen title to shove in theirs.
Case in point:
F. Paul Wilson wrote a book that sold well, THE KEEP. He wrote another with the title of the creature who was the adversary in it. The Publisher shelved that title and named it THE TOMB.
There's no tomb in THE TOMB!
Wilson pointed that out and was told that by the time the reader realized that, he would have bought the book! Aaaaargh!
The cover art:
Again control. You're a newbie. You get the bottom of the barrel in artwork.
But with ePublishing, you choose the artist and the artwork. The cover to the first CONAN THE BARBARIAN by Frank Frazetta was the first paperback to sell a million copies in weeks.
Why? That stunning cover.
3.) eBook royalties and shelf life.
You sell your eBook for 99 cents, you get back 35 cents ... 60 days later WITH NO AGENT CUTTING OUT HER 15%.
You sell your eBook for 2.99, you get back 70%.
Yes, you pay for the artwork, the formatting, and the marketing. But do you believe in yourself or don't you?
The shelf life of a print book is like unto that of a gnat these days. Your eBook? It's there for as long as you want it.
I've sold books to readers in Japan, Mexico, Germany, France, England, Australia, New Zealand, and of course, the USA.
You won't get that kind of worldwide distribution for a newbie print book.
4.) Your book is yours:
Neil Gaiman wrote BOOKS OF MAGIC for DC COMICS before HARRY POTTER -- the two main characters are so similar at the start that it is striking.
Why no lawsuits?
WARNER BROTHERS owned DC COMICS and THE MOVIE RIGHTS TO HARRY POTTER.
Also DC comics owned the characters of BOOKS OF MAGIC.
YOU WILL OWN THE CHARACTERS OF YOUR BOOK.
You may never sell the movie rights to them, but if you do, the money will come to you alone and not the publisher, agent, etc.
Like most print authors, you will probably never get to make a living off of your novels. But you will have the control and freedom to chart the seas as you choose.
If you have crash upon the reefs ... well, you were the one who steered.
Yes, you will have to hustle to get your book out there. But being an author is a grand, epic adventure, testing your wit, resolve, and passion. Remember ...
Impossible just give birth to legends!
(Check out Tom Hiddleston latest)