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Adding real interactivity to e-books
May 21, 2011 | 11:33 am

On Techdirt, Mike Masnick discusses a post by J.A. Konrath proposing turning each e-book into its own social network. The idea is to give an e-book a form of “interactivity” that is more interactive than the audiovisual bells and whistles most publishers seem to associate with interactivity these days. Konrath’s post discusses the possibility of friends inviting other friends to buy a particular book, and then meet together in interactive on-line “book clubs” to talk about it as they read it. It also talks about ways authors can interact with their readers through it, through such means as Skype...

Barry Eisler turns down $500,000 advance to self-publish, as Amanda Hocking negotiates with major publishers
March 22, 2011 | 12:48 am

Barry-Eisler-197x300Hot on the heels of Microsoft vs. Barnes & Noble vs. Apple vs. Amazon comes another interesting juxtaposition. Today on J.A. Konrath’s blog, Konrath interviewed pro-published writer Barry Eisler, who has just turned down a $500,000 offer from a mainstream publisher in favor of self-publishing his own book. Eisler explained that this level of advance would take forever to earn out at the royalty rates paid by traditional publishers—and by selling through Amazon, he can charge less and keep 70% of the proceeds. There’s a lot of discussion about how the traditional publishing market is falling...

J.A. Konrath tells ‘bedtime story’ of his self-publishing success
December 27, 2010 | 8:55 pm

Joe Konrath has posted again about his successes with self-publishing through Amazon. (We’ve covered a number of such posts from him already.) This time he couches it in the form of a “bedtime story,” which is a bit cutesy but it gets the point across. Soon, Joe was making over $1000 a month on Kindle. Joe was shocked by this. He thought the only way to make a living as a writer was with the Gatekeeper. The Gatekeeper offered advances. The Gatekeeper did the editing and the cover art. And most importantly, the...

E-books and the economics of writing
December 27, 2010 | 7:15 am

Karen Dionne, a novelist herself, has an article on Daily Finance looking at the new economics of e-book publishing in light of recent changes in the industry. She looks at J.A. Konrath’s success on the Amazon platform, and also at writer Nancy Cruz Coleman, who had written a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin called Rumpel but had no success shopping it around to big publishers. "I could have let Rumpel sit on my hard drive and collect dust," Coleman says. "But there is a wonderful community of fairytale-retelling aficionados on the Internet. The more I read about what...

J.A. Konrath on Huffington Post: The ease of self-publishing e-books
October 21, 2010 | 2:38 pm

konrath[1] J.A. Konrath has an editorial on the Huffington Post in which he talks about how he used Amazon to publish the horror novel Draculas, that he, Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand, and F. Paul Wilson wrote together. Thanks to the self-publishing capabilities offered by Amazon, they were able to go from a completed book in September to a salable DRM-free e-book in time for Halloween. Not only were they able to go from manuscript to launch in three weeks, but they are able to split the 70% revenue on the $2.99 price and still earn almost as much in...

Joe Konrath’s e-book sales pass 100,000 mark
September 28, 2010 | 11:15 am

konrath[1] Speaking of Joe Konrath, he made a blog post a few days ago stating that as of 9/21/10, his overall e-book sales had topped the 100,000 mark. He is selling over 7,000 e-books per month via Amazon alone, and Amazon represents almost 3/4 of his total e-book sales. He also notes that the poorest-performing e-books are the ones sold through Hyperion, the publisher who still controls the first six books in his Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels mystery series. Averaging out the sales, he estimates he has earned $34 per month per title from these books, compared to the...

J. A. Konrath on Kindle vs iBooks sales – no comparison; plus a lot of other stuff
August 24, 2010 | 7:46 am

newbie cover.jpgFrom Konrath's A Newbie's Guide to Publishing blog: Publishers might be looking at enriched or enhanced ebooks as their new big-ticket items to replace hardcovers. But the major ebook retailer, Amazon, isn't set up for video. Kindle isn't even able to do color yet. That leaves Apple, and according to my numbers Apple is a very small part of the ebook market. I sell 200 ebooks a day on Kindle. On iPad, I sell 100 a month. This is just a tiny part of a much longer post on The Changing Face of Publishing, and I suggest you go over and read...

Amazon Encore: Amazon’s gradual change, Konrath’s publishing decision
June 11, 2010 | 2:15 pm

A pair of recent articles from the Bookseller’s FuturEBook blog concerning Amazon’s Encore publishing program come at it from quite different directions. Eoin Purcell compares Amazon’s e-book selling model to Apple’s, finding that Apple is a much more traditional vendor whereas Amazon believes in changing the game little by little. Purcell mentions J.A. Konrath’s decision to publish with Encore, and notes that Amazon has ramped up from one book at launch to 27 over the course of three seasons. To dismiss AmazonEncore, and the latest imprint AmazonCrossing which will translate foreign language titles into...

Konrath’s Amazon Encore book deal points toward new level of publishing
May 25, 2010 | 4:18 pm

Publishers Weekly has a piece looking at literary agents’ thoughts on J.A. Konrath’s decision to publish his next book through Amazon Encore. (We mentioned Konrath’s decision here.) Under the deal, the book will be released as a Kindle e-book this summer, then a paperback next year. Update: Konrath himself responds here. A number of agents seemed skeptical about whether this move has implications for the publishing as a whole. PW points out that Konrath’s sales had been steadily declining, which is why no publishers were interested in the latest book in his series. (Though Konrath explains in...

The Konrath Effect: Will New Technology Ruin Talented Authors?
May 19, 2010 | 9:16 am

frustration.jpegThat is the title of an article by author Jason Pinter in The Huffington Post. After discussing author J. A. Konrath's recent decision to publish his next book through Amazon, Pinter says that Konrath wouldn't be able to do this successfully unless his previous books had been published by Hyperion and he then goes on to say: ... There are still myriad ways a traditional publisher can help a new author that would be lost by simply throwing a book up on Amazon. You lose the benefit of a real editor. You lose any money spent on advertising, promotion, co-op to...

J. A. Konrath signs new book with AmazonEncore instead of Hyperion
May 17, 2010 | 11:58 am

konrath.jpegAs reported in a press release, and on Konrath's blog, AmazonEncore will release J. A. Konrath's new book in the Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels series - Shaken. The Kindle version will go on sale first, in October, and the print version will hit in February, 2111. Konrath's six earlier books were published by Hyperion. On his blog he says: “My Kindle readers have been incredibly faithful fans and I’m excited to be able to release the Kindle edition of ‘Shaken’ several months before the physical version is available to purchase,” said Konrath. “Since it’s easier, faster and cheaper to create...

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