John Locke signed a book deal. And the world stopped turning. Everything is in disarray. Life can’t go on. *ahem* I’ll stop now.
Yes, the man who sold a million Kindle books signed something with S&S. I say something because it’s a distrubtion deal. S&S will handle the distribution side of his paperbacks. And you know what? Good for John.
And while I’m at it…
Good for Amanda.
Good for Barry.
Good for Joe.
Good for Scott.
Good for Michael.
Good for J. Carson
And good for any other author out there who decided to FURTHER themselves by making a decision that they felt would do so.
This idea that indies are selling out or being bought or something… come on, give me a break here. What is selling out? Seriously. Authors are authors. We write words, put them into a book, and sell the book. Some of us do it on our own. Some of us have help through a publisher. Who cares?
Three years ago, the who idea of getting an agent was to get their attention. I’m sure we’ve all ready crazy stories of people finding ways to impress agents. Hell, in a query letter I sent one time, I quoted the movie Clueless because the agents profile said she liked that movie.
Those tactics are old news. What’s new news and what’s hot right now… is sales. We can now go out into the world with our books and sell them. Then we can turn around, look to agents and publishers and say, “How about that?”
There’s nothing wrong with someone following their heart and their dream. Some want to be in mass market paperback. They want to be in Wal-Mart. I say go for it! Others are happy with their ebooks staying ebooks on KDP through their name. That’s fine too. At the end of the day we all need each other. We all bounce off each other. And we all keep this industry alive and now growing. WE are saving books right now! All of us. We’ve taken a stand against a publishing system we don’t like and we’ve found ways to survive while doing so. And authors like John Locke came up with a system that worked, and now it’s time for expansion.
Remember, we’re publishing today but looking at tomorrow. What’s your plan for 2012? Three years? Five years? Ten years? Where do you want to be. Is it about publishing? Is it about revenues? Profits? What is it that triggers you to get sparkly eyed and want this dream so bad?
These authors who are signing deals right now aren’t the bad guys, nor the sell outs… they are the ones paving the way for a new path of authors to succeed. Perhaps someday our query letters will become last months week KDP report. No fluffy pitch. No bullshit jargon about writing. No hooks… thank God! NO MORE HOOKS! Who knows what it will be… but I know this, I stand and applaud these authors. They had a dream and they found a way to follow it.
And let’s not forget that in the background in most of these deals, the authors keep their ebook rights. So they are still making money while waiting for the paperbacks and they still continue to make money once the paperbacks are out. These aren’t deals where publishers are EATING up authors… this is authors EATING up publishers. They’ve walked through the front door and said, “Time for some change…” And now publishers are nodding in approval and going with the changes.
So again, I tip my hat to all the authors out there who have signed deals and to all those who will sign deals. And I even tip my hat to those who reject deals and stay on their own. And I must tip my hat to those who will never see a deal – you are just as important as the rest of us. We’re authors. We write. We share. We publish. And we all hope to make a living from it someday. In today’s world, there are multiple ways to do so. Embrace them all. You don’t have to like them, but embrace them, because they all benefit you.