Thursday, May 26, 2011

John Eisler, author update

According to Publishers Lunch, John Eisler's next John Rain Novel will be published by Amazon's new mystery / thriller imprint Thomas Mercer. Originally, during an interview Mr Eisler indicated that he was going to self-published his new novel THE DETACHMENT.

The article states: "Amazon is paying Eisler an advance, one "that was comparable to what St Martin's was offering in the deal.... Eisler (who is trained as an attorney) said 'I've never seen a better publishing agreement than what Amazon presented me. It's readable, it's understandable, and it's transparent.'"

This is an update to the May 4th posting: Does Indie Publishing Make Sense?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Publishing Decision

Interesting article by Heather McCorkle, a YA author

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How To Write A Book Proposal

How To Write A Book Proposal
By Michael Larsen AAR

A review of the table of contents is enough to cause the interested reader’s heart to race. And if you are a nonfiction writer with a book to market or an idea to propose – you’ll be interested.

But does the book live up to the chapter headings? Why yes it does … and more.

The author reveals “Why now is the best time ever to write a book.” (There are 20 good ones listed in chapter one!)

“Getting off the pin: the first three steps to take with your idea.”

“Getting paid to write your book: the parts of an irresistible proposal.” While novels have to be written before marketing, nonfiction is generally offered to the publishing house with a sparkling proposal. Did you know a proposal has three parts … overview, outline, sample chapter?

Selling the sizzle, naming rites, sizing up the comps, getting published or self-published, and finally “from author to authorpreneur” everything the nonfiction writer needs is contained here.

I’ve taught this class many times over the years. This book (the revised 4th edition) is fresh, up to date, and very valuable. I highly recommend it.

Note: This book was provided by the publisher for review. My review is based solely on my opinion.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The downside of the e-revolution in publishing (link)

...interesting take, read it here:

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Truth In Fiction

"This book is fiction, but there is always a chance that such a work of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact."

--Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Self-publishing VS Traditional

If I were writing a book, I would seriously consider self-publishing.

Self-published books outnumber traditionally published books by about 500,000 in 2009.
It lost the stigma of "Vanity" press a long time ago.

There are three BIG differences in the two options.

  1. Time

  2. Money

  3. Control


  • Self-published books go out in about six months. The writer pays all the costs but the writer also gets to KEEP all the profits. The writer has complete control over everything that goes in the book and on the cover.

  • Traditional publishers get books out in about a year, sometimes longer. The writer spends nothing but the writer receives only a small portion of the profit. The writer rarely has any control over the edits or the cover.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Does Indie Publishing Make Sense?

Do you know Snooki? She's one of the stars on Jersey Shore and by her own admission not much of a reader (she admits to reading two books). Apparently Simon & Schuster (you know THE Simon & Schuster) saw something in this young, lightly lived, reality TV star when they offered her a publishing contract. Okay she has racked up more experiences than most other young women her age ... but she is only twenty-two. And okay they assigned a co-writer to the project but what is the message here for the hardworking, dedicated writer looking for a read? Is it always about money? Profit? Well, yes I guess it is. Publishing is big business.

It is also a rapidly changing market. Big time.

Laura Miller, a senior writer (and co-founder) at wrote:

When Anyone Can Be A Published Author last June 22, 2010.

Here is the lead:

When their former dictator, Augusto Pinochet, died four years ago, thousands of Chileans poured into the streets to celebrate -- but that's small potatoes compared to the crowds lining up to dance on the grave of traditional book publishing. The industry, we're forever being told, is antiquated and hidebound; it doesn't know how to spot great books or how to deliver them to readers. Fortunately, a tsunami of sparkling new technology is just about to hit those old fogies, washing them from the face of the earth so that the people who know what they're doing can finally take over. (great article!)

Well, turns out she was correct. Did you know that Barry Eisler reportedly walked away from a $500,000.00 advance from St Martin's Press? "I know it'll seem crazy to a lot of people," said Barry, "but based on what's happening in the industry, and based on the kind of experience writers are having in self-publishing, I think I can do better in the long term on my own."

Mr Eisler has been making lots and lots of money for a decade now writing bestselling novels (think - Inside Out, Fault Line, Requiem For An Assassin). The idea to self-pub came from his eleven-year-old daughter one evening during dinner. After doing the math he decided to follow her advice.

A former member of the CIA's covert operations team, Barry Eisler is happy with his decision.

Amanda Hocking knows a thing or two about self-publishing. Amanda writes young-adult paranormal novels and sells them by the hundreds, thousands online at and By the end of December 2010 she had sold 164,000 novels (priced between 99 cents to $2.99 per digital download). January (2011) she sold an additional 450,000 copies of her nine titles.

In a USA Today interview Ms. Hocking had this to say: "I can't really say that I would have been more successful if I'd gone with a traditional publisher. But I know this is working really well for me."

For every $2.99 e-Book she sells, she keeps 70%, and for every 99 cent novel she sells, she keeps 30%.

H.P. Mallory, another self-published paranormal e-novelist, has sold 70,000+ copies of her e-Book in just six months. Her books are so successful Random House took notice and offered her a three-book contract. "Selling e-Books on Kindle and Nook basically changed my life," Mallory say. "I never would have gotten where I am today without them."

And Amanda Hocking? Last month she received a $2 million dollar, 4-book deal with ... St Martin's Press.

Will Indies' and e-Books kill book publishing? No one knows for sure. But ask yourself this: Why do I write? If the answer is to make money you at least owe yourself time to consider the options ... all the options.



Monday, May 2, 2011

Core Clarification On A Few Competencies

Story Engineering author Larry Brooks responds to reviewers on his website .