Monday, October 4, 2010

How Will You Publish? by Morgan Mandel

Now that you have more freedom, how will you publish? Will you go for Kindle, as David Morell is doing?

Are you self-publishing in other e-book formats, or maybe in print on demand?

Will you submit to a traditional publisher, or maybe you already have and your book will be out soon? If so, will it also be in ebook forms, including Kindle?

Are you going print on demand with a small publisher with or without Kindle/ebook?

So many choices. What's yours?


Jean Henry Mead said...

My latest nonfiction book, Mysterious Writers, is on Kindle with Poisoned Pen Press and I'm currently with a small publisher that produces my novels with POD, ebooks at Fictionwise, and Kindle. I'm planning to move up to a larger publisher with my next series. My Kindle books are outselling my print books 5-1, and my first novel, Escape, has fortunately been Fictionwise-ePress's highest rated for over a year. I'm planning to place my out of print books on Kindle and hopefully audio (if I can figure out how to do it). :)

Mark Troy said...

My most recent book is with an agent who is trying to place it with a traditional publisher. I just re-released my first book in epub format and am trying to get it into the iBook and Kindle stores.

Brenna Lyons said...

I self-publish some things in ebook and some in print, but I've found my sales much better (and my workload MUCH lower), when I use an indie press for ebook and/or print. Most of my publishers do both, but I have ones that only do one or the other, as well.

NY conglomerate doesn't take out of the box stuff like what I write. IMO, their loss. I try them out every year or two, and I still scare the bejeezus out of them, so I'll keep doing what I'm doing. Someday they might be ready for me. Or not. Then again, until they reorganize, I think I'm safer in indie.


Carlene Rae Dater said...

I've sold all my novels to publisher. Than way I'm free to keep writing books and promoting them. Book number 10, LEGACY just came out a week ago from It's an e-pub BUT - they pay advances!


Roman Circus

Mind Echoes
Stormy Love
The Worst Evil

Call Sign: Love
The Colors of Death
An Extra Pair of Eyes


Mysterious Gift

Natalie said...

I go both ways. Heh. I have six books out in traditional book format, and all of those are available in Kindle as well.


Today, my first book from Binary Press Publications (a legitimate e-publisher) is available. I will also have SISTERWIFE coming soon, and a Kindle edition of TWISTED SISTER, which was published by Thompson Gale. I still have a traditional contract with St. Martin's, as well as my contracts with BPP. I'm embracing both the old and the new.

Great blog!

Natalie said...

Forgot to mention my new books title. Wow!

It's The Fourth World.

Here's a link to the book:

Unknown said...

Up until recently, I considered there was a stigma attached to self-publishing, but I'm beginning to see that I was wrong. I will self-publish my next book because I want to compare my "profit" *if you can call it that* with books published by small press. Yesterday's royalty statement showing .12, .13 and .15 cents made on POD sales has soured me a little on print...although I still love seeing my bookshelf grow. Great post.

Anonymous said...

I am going to try for an agent and see from there.

jenny milchman said...

Like Mark, I have a novel on submission by my agent. Unlike Mark I don't have any prior novels published or out in any form. For a long time--longer than I can think comfortably about--agents have felt my work should be with the majors. We've had editors--again, more than I feel happy numbering--want to buy this or that manuscript. But their boards have had different reasons for not backing an offer. So I am unpublished and fairly aching for readers, as of now, and as the topic of this post suggests, wondering whether this path is the best one. For sure it's not the only one anymore.

Susan Young Tuttle said...

I'm checking out all avenues: agents (just queried a bunch), traditional publishers, small and mid size presses, epublishers, even audio books. Researching such places as Smashwords, etc. With so much technology at our fingertips and the publishing industry in a state of flux, I want as many bases covered as I can get!

Stephanie Burkhart said...

I'm working with Small Press and epublishers which I'm enjoying. I have no agent and I don't mind. It's kind of nice to work closely with editors and forge good working relationships with them. I'm also thinking about some shorts up on Smashwords. There is more options out there for indie, small press and epublishers and I like that.

Katie Hines said...

With the advent of Kindle, iPad, Sony e-reader and other devices, I have read many articles where it is plain that these types of books are not only here to stay, but are the wave of the future.

So, with that in mind, I'm going to try and create a Kindle version for my current book (with my publisher's approval!

Tim A Martin said...

My goal and dream is to get published the traditional route. I know that fame and fortune is not very likely. I'm not concerned about that. I just want to get my mystery/thriller novel published and to market it the best I can.