Tuesday, October 05, 2010

go write a book!

Barnes and Noble has started an e-publishing service with the unfortunate name "PubIt." Despite the name, it's not about porn, but rather about self-publishing e-books and being paid a pretty decent royalty for your effort. In traditional publishing, an author can expect royalties in the 10-15% range (percentage of the book's cover price), with 15% considered generous. With BN.com's PubIt service, a $9.99 e-book gives a 65% royalty to the author, mainly because most of the costs of traditional publishing are nonexistent: everything is data, so there are almost no storage and distribution issues.

I'm considering re-working Water from a Skull to conform to the e-format, but that's going to take a lot of time, and I'm still poring over the PubIt literature (find PubIt here; an article on the service is here).

For all you aspiring writers out there, this might be something to look into.


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