An Open Letter to the DOJ from Someone Who Actually Cares About Writers (and Readers) Publishing

The leading literary agents’ organization – the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) – penned an open letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) opposing the terms of the settlement reached with three of the publishers named in the Agency price-fixing suit. I won’t go into the details of how wrongheaded that letter was. It has already been systematically taken apart by Joe Konrath, Bob Mayer, and Dean Wesley Smith. Also worth reading are Joe Konrath’s subsequent dismantling of another open letter to the DOJ written by Simon Lipskar (a board member of the AAR), as well as the comments made by Passive Guy on the same topic. If you have any doubt whose side (most) agents and the AAR are Read More…

Bob Mayer: Publishing Is The Wild West – Danger, But Possibility Too

I’ve spoken about Bob Mayer many times here. And if you have any sense, you will be reading his blog regularly. He has seen it all and sold millions of books the old fashioned way. But now he is publishing himself – and other authors too – to huge success. I invited him along to share some of his thoughts. Here’s Bob. *** I received an email from an editor in Italy who publishes some of my books responding to a question I’d asked:  What was the state of e-publishing in his country?  He replied that it was like a Sergio Leone movie where all the publishers were standing in the street with their hands hovering over their pistols, but Read More…

Bob Mayer On Traditional Publishing, The Future, And Selling Direct To Readers

Bob Mayer has been on the New York Times Bestseller list twice. His Atlantis series alone sold over a million copies for his publisher. But now he has the rights back and is self-publishing everything, making more than he ever did before. When we talk about indie success stories, the same three names are always mentioned: Hocking, Konrath, and Locke. While they all deserve that billing, there are others who deserve to be mentioned in the same breath. One of those is Bob Mayer. A lot of self-publishers were complaining last month that things were slow. With the combination of good weather, kids off from school, people being online less, and various large publisher sales on Amazon, many indies saw a dip. Bob Read More…

Indie Writers Making History In The UK

Indie authors Mark Edwards and Louise Voss are making history in the UK. Their second book Catch Your Death has been at the top of the Kindle charts (for all books) for over a week. To top it all off, their first novel Killing Cupid – which has been slowly creeping up behind – is now at #3! Congratulations to Mark and Louise on a stunning achievement. For those unaware of their background, neither of them have a history in trade publishing (like many indie authors, they couldn’t crack the system). They only self-published for the first time in February, and Catch Your Death was released in April. Overall, they have now sold 20,000 e-books, 17,500 of those in the month Read More…