Many authors get up in arms about piracy and Digital Rights Management (DRM). It’s understandable. We worked our butts off for this art and we deserve payment. This post is not about the pay-freelancers-for-their-work fiasco. I whole heartedly think magazines and their online counterparts should pay those providing their content. This is about the tentative relationship between piracy, authors, and exposure. You won’t see me choosing DRM, patrolling piracy sites for my book, or stamping my review copies.
We had an interesting conversation recently on the Facebook group I moderate for indie authors. Someone remarked – as though it would be a shock -- that they would rather go out and do something with friends than stay in and read a book alone. A few of my peers agreed with her (including myself), while many claimed they’d opt for a book over social functions any day.
You made it this far! Awesome! You've revised until you hated your entire book, chosen a cover designer and gone through the pain and eventual joy of the editing process! Give yourself a pat on the back! You've earned it. Now, it's time for you to decide where, when, and how you want to publish. I will talk about print on demand later on but for now, lets talk retailers. The place that will sell your book.
The first name that comes into most new author's minds is Amazon. Amazon is a wonderful place for readers and authors alike, but they are also tricky. You, in theory, can gain traction by joining Kindle Unlimited but with that little white box of possible downloads, comes an exclusivity clause. You may not sell a digital copy of your book anywhere else but on Amazon.
On the plus side, you can always give it a try for three months. This is recommended for new authors but in my personal experience it hasn't made a huge difference. How much it pays off seems to depend on genre, so do your homework to see if it's worth it.
Here are the 5 main reasons you should look into other options:
Marissa Frosch is the head of marketing at Amphibian Press and also writes under the pseudonym Cameron J Quinn. The first of her Starsboro Series is due out on January 16th. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, her blog and her website.
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