“Brainstorming on the Beach” Conference with Novelists, Inc.
Multi-published authors are looking for a way to distinguish their epubbed books from the multitude. In some instances, they’ve banded together to form cooperatives. Here are three that presented to us at the conference. Again, these statements are from my notes and subject to my interpretation.
A Writer’s Work
This site is for authors who have had at least two commercially published works. They sell direct to readers. Books may be original or previously published. There is no exclusivity. The author can put it up elsewhere or pull it down at any time. The author gets 70%. Then 25% goes toward maintaining the website and the other 5% for Paypal fees. So far they have 18 multi-published authors participating. http://www.awriterswork.com/
This site is for authors who put their previously published backlists up for sale themselves. They can list the titles here. This site does not put the books up for sale directly. There’s a small fee for website upkeep. Each author will have their own page and links to their sites. http://backlistebooks.com/
Book View Café
Membership in Book View Cafe is limited to authors who have had at least one novel published with a traditional advance and royalty-paying print publisher. Author members may sell original works as well as backlist titles through this website direct to readers. They offer free fiction as well. These authors have varied amounts of experience in epublishing and help each other format and prepare their work. They can help with cover design, publishing, and promotion. http://www.bookviewcafe.com/
Someone said that ePub and pdf are the two most requested formats.
I imagine we’ll see more cooperatives by career authors who want to distinguish their body of work from the uninitiated masses. If publishers are the gatekeepers, then these authors have already passed through the gate.