Ebook, Here I Come!

Last week, I felt I needed to decide: wait for a book publishing deal the traditional way or epublish. From the title of this post, you can see what my decision is. Many things influenced my decision.

First, traditional publishing is established and anyone who knows me knows that I’m pretty conventional. However, traditional is also cumbersome-finding an agent which is similar to the proverbial needle in the haystack, revisions, finding a publisher, revisions, editing, revisions, loss of control (it is common to have a publisher re-name your property), that kind of thing.

Second, paper print has a high overhead. The author normally will receive 30-40% of the book price, the rest going to the publishing house.

Epublishing can be done completed in under a week (but it will take ME longer), guarantees 60-80% profit and complete control remains with the author.  Yes, the price is lower than a print book but so is the overhead.

Right now, zero percent of zero is zero. If, by some miracle, I sell 5,000 copies of my ebook, I will “qualify” to be interesting to a literary agent/publisher. If I don’t, I’m still published. What the hey?

What do I have to lose?