Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
As we started to discuss yesterday, here are some additional items for you to consider as you weigh e-publishing’s pros and cons:
- Involve your agent.
If you’re fortunate enough to have an agent who’s keeping up with e-publishing, capable of helping you to plan your career’s future, and willing to negotiate a good contract for you, please take advantage of your agent’s expertise. I’m befuddled as to why an author would not include his or her agent in this extremely important phase of a writing career. If it’s to save oneself from having to pay the agent’s commission, the agent will more than earn that commission for you. And you have to ask yourself, if you plunge ahead without involving your agent, will your agent step in to rescue you or will your agent let your e-publishing boat sink?
- Don’t choose to believe that because you can, you should.
I’m rounding the corner to come back to the idea of being intentional. One of my clients received requests from some book clubs for an out-of-print book and decided it was an indication of a significant readership just awaiting that book to be offered as an e-book and a POD book. Really? I’d encourage you to dig deeper into just how big that demand is. And if the demand is fledgling, do you have the resources to build on it through marketing, publicity, strong mailing list, major following in social media, etc.? Just because you can bring your books “back to life,” doesn’t mean you should.
- Know your readership.
Do your readers own e-readers? smart phones? shelves and shelves of physical books? How do they want your books delivered to them? Do they read only fiction on an e-reader? If you don’t know what your readers want, how do you know what to give them?
As you’ve considered e-publishing (or jumped in and done some publishing), what other factors should you weigh?