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  •  Maybe, maybe not... (2+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29, Youffraita

    "Any writer of Stephen King's stature can easily self publish an ebook as he hardly needs the publicity that a publisher is supposed to provide."

    I'm not convinced of this, although the much higher percentage might still be worth it.

    You've got to get placement in stores...and PAYMENT from Amazon and other e-tailers - and that's not as easy as you might think for large sums when you're not a corporation, but only a singular writer.

    There are far more barriers to self-publishing (NY Times numbers) than simply getting the word out.

    •  Currently the NYT publishes an ebook best seller (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, Youffraita

      list that will be discontinued in the near future for the print newspaper although it will continue to appear in the online edition. Link.

      Oh, and Amazon is changing its royalty payments to its writers from semi-annually to every 60 days. Which might make self publishing more attractive to some.

      I still think Stephen King is publishing his latest as a physical book because he thinks the story is best told that way. As a paperback that will wind up on the shelves of a used bookstore to be discovered some day, dog-eared and dusty, with a cracked spine, by some young teen who will fall in love with it.

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