Joe Konrath is the author of several dozen thriller novels. He was traditionally published by Hyperion, Hachette, and Penguin. Since getting his rights back, he's sold over a million ebooks via self-publishing.
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Amazon fans and foes often talk past each other without engaging. Here, two fierce writers make their best case.
Just when I think media coverage of Amazon/Hachette can't get any worse, Rob Spillman gets everything wrong in today's Salon.
Authors United seems convinced that Amazon needs the Big 5, and their books. But Amazon has shown it can get 500,000 titles in Kindle Unlimited without major publisher support.
If publishers want to survive, they need to offer authors something Amazon can't. Paper distribution, advances, editors with magic wands that bestow rich literary culture and nurturing, etc.
The Authors Guild has, many times in the past, voiced that ebook royalties should be raised. So do something about it.
I asked any Authors United signatory to engage me on my blog. Lee Child took me up on it.
Follow up to Lee Child Chimes In.
Konrath and Eisler fisk Turows post on the Department of Justice lawsuit against legacy publishings agency pricing model on the Authors Guild blog.