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Mary Andonian author and writer extraordinare has had
an interesting journey with her young adult novel, Bitsy’s Labrynth
which I had the honor of reading before it was published. I fell in
love with Bitsy’s world, the lavender fields and the way her little
However, it’s Mary’s journey down that long dark path of publishing that is of interest here. Recently Mary wrote;
“I chose to pay my own way because my agent and I noticed
some alarming trends in the Publishing industry. To name a few:
1. Even if you do get a book deal, the advance is paltry to none.
2. You lose the rights to the look and feel of your book, including the title and sometimes even the way your name is displayed.
3. Publication of your book can run anywhere from 12-24 months from time of acceptance. This is after rewrites and negotiations are finalized, which can run many months more.
4. Houses are playing it safe. In my case, Young Adult books are only getting nods if they’re of the vampire, paranormal, romance, or dragon variety.
5. You lose e-rights. My agent negotiated many book deals and not once could she secure e-book rights for the author. Why? Because Publishers know this is a lucrative market. According to Forrester Research, 10.3 million people owned e-book readers in 2010, up from 3.7 million in 2009. E-book downloads topped 100 million last year, over triple the amount from 2009.”
Mary makes a lot of good points. To read Mary’s full story go to Larry Brooks popular blog, Storyfix, where she has shared her full journey.
So, between taking Emily Hill’s self publishing class and having watched Mary go through her trials and tribs, it really gets me to thinking about self publishing. It’s important to weigh all the pros and cons and be fully informed before you write the check. But, it may be the way the tide has turned. What do you think? Have you self published? What is working and what isn’t? Let me know.
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