Unless you’ve been living under a rock (possible, but not probable), you’ve probably heard all about Barry Eisler turning down a fairly large book deal. In the same breath, Amanda Hocking a self-pub author is pursuing a seven figure N.Y. deal. What is the world coming to? Well if that world happens to be the publishing industry, it’s just another day at the office. Yes, the publishing industry is in MAJOR flux right now, along with a lot of other industries in the state. The publishing industry’s situation is unique and at the same time quite common. What’s unique is that they had a ten year heads up about changing technologies. What’s common is that most didn’t do anything about it until it started to directly affect their business.
I do believe that Barry Eisler’s situation is probably big news. He may not consistently hit the NYT list, but he is a good selling author. Turning his back on a traditional publishing deal is a huge step, especially if other big authors follow. Amanda Hocking’s story is interesting given the money she’s made self-publishing. Since she seems smart, I have to believe that she took/is taking this deal because she was able to negotiate a favorable contract.
What does this mean to all of the authors who’ve decided to try self-publishing original and backlist work? Frankly, nothing. Their choices won’t affect what I write and what I choose to put out, nor should they. Everyone’s career is different. Period.
I also heard about the unfortunate comment made by a Samhain editor. All I can say is YIKES!
As an aside, I went to see Little Red Riding Hood today. I know it’s been trashed by the critiques, but seeing that I rarely agree with the critiques’ views I ignored them. And I’m kind of glad I did. LRRH won’t win any awards any time soon, but I have to admit that despite the shallow characterization and storyline, I kind of enjoyed it. The pacing is brisk. As in you don’t want to run to the bathroom or you’ll miss something brisk. The werewolf’s identity kept me guessing until about the very end. The writers and director did a good job with that. You really do suspect a LOT of people. The soundtrack is fabulous. It’s absolutely an ode to Team Jacob, but it was better than Twilight IMO. So if you don’t mind a retelling of Little Red Riding with a few surprises tossed in for giggles, then you just might enjoy this film. I’ve admitted it before and I’ll admit it again, I am easily entertained. 🙂