Hello Deidre, I thank you for the welcome. Good luck to all of us in this New Year of new books. We are lucky to have epub and blogs. I have written my share of queries. Finding an agent is getting harder by the minute. I've decided to spend my time writing what I love.
Thanks for your warm welcome and nifty site, Deidre.
I've had some minor success in both print and e-publishing, in both having and not-having an agent. Clearly, if you want to get published by one of the major houses, you need one. No editor, no matter how in love with a book or an author, can talk his publisher into forking over xxxxx thousand dollars to produce, market, and stock a book, without step one--the author getting an agent to go to bat for him or her. And yes, depending on your authorial marketing skills, you can e-book solo...but for the big time, you gotta play the game.
My latest novel, Humboldt, is being read by two agents, and we'll see. One wrote back that he was reading it and enjoying. There's always hope. We'll see. Meanwhile, I do what I do...cook up lies all day at my computer.
Ok, maybe not completly old school. I use a pen and paper, but thats close enough. (...Graphite). I guess im just a dinosaur still not up on all of the latest gadgets.thought about getting a tablet, but work is very dusty and it wouldnt survive.
Deirdre: Thanks for leaving your comment. So sell me. Why would I want an agent. I've written a Hell of a book, and can earn the bulk of the proceeds. What can an agent do for me that I can't do for myself?
Thank you so much for the welcome. I had a computer virus but am now back on line. I was motivated to finish my 2nd scifi book Utopia Six an put it on kindle. Do you think its better then a hard copy, or should I do both? So far I dont have an agent as I to have been frustrated by the lack of interest that they show in new writers unless we are rich or famous. I do enjoy writing and currently am on my 31st novel. I write old school with paper and pen so it seems to take forever to type them up. Thanks again. David
Thanks for your welcome and the questions. The answers are below, after your questions, in italics
My questions are: if we publish an ebook with you as opposed to doing one ourselves--what are the benefits? I produce a marketing campaign to help sell the book.
What price do your ebooks usually sell for? The price is worked out between the author and us. The industry recommendation is about 50% of the listed paper book edition, or what it would be if there isn't one. How much of a royalty do you take? 20% of the NET RETURNS. That is 20% of what comes back to us from the wholesaler or retailer. In the end what royalty is the author taking home? 80% of the net returns.
Thanks for the welcome! I checked out your blog, and it looks great! I actually am in the market for an agent. :) If you get a chance, check out my blog http://amandatru.blogspot.com/ Also, I just published my first book! BAGGAGE CLAIM is a romantic suspence and is now available on Kindle and Nook for $0.99. Here is the link to take a look http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006JW2U06