Literary agent Ted Weinstein, who I have the pleasure of seeing each year at the San Francisco Writers Conference, has done us all a favor and gotten Amanda Hocking and Barry Eisler together to chat about publishing and their recent decision about how to publish their own books. They’ve compared indie publishing to traditional publishing–of course, discussing e-book publishing.
For anyone not familiar with the details, Barry Eisler, the successful author of eight thrillers published through traditional channels, recently turned down a $500,000 book deal with a major trade publisher for his next two books and declared his intention to self-publish. Amanda Hocking, the successful self-published author of several series of paranormal novels, last week reportedly accepted a $2,000,000 offer from a traditional publisher to publish four new novels. The offer Barry turned down came from the exact same publisher, St. Martin’s Press (SMP), with which Amanda has agreed to sign.
I’m giving myself a break today and I’ll simply let you read the transcript from that interview. You can read it here. Thanks, Ted.
If you want to read more about Hocking an Eisler, I wrote these three posts recently: