- Jul 19, 2006
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Has anyone dealt with this e-publisher?
ixchel said:Has anyone dealt with this e-publisher?
James D. Macdonald said:IMHO this is ... a questionable practice.
Accepted works are broken down into installments of about 1,500 to 2,500 words, with two installments emailed to readers per week. The first four (4) are sent to readers as a free trial, with readers being able to purchase all additional installments. As such, we require fourteen (14) installments completed and edited before we can offer a new serialized work for sale.
I didn't say I was enthusiastic. They're well below a number of other publishers on my list. I was more interested in correcting the misinformation. If another publisher who is looking at it doesn't take it, I may look at them though.If it is an effort by Keep it Coming staff using the same model I wouldn't be enthusiastic.
If you are looking at epublishing the novella markets are really quite considerable and some sell routinely in the high thousands. This market compares more sensibly to epresses than a big NY house.
You might try asking what their typical sales figure are like. Sales in the low double figures might be a possibility here.
There really aren't a lot of publishers who are willing to take on new, unpublished authors and give them a chance with no agent and absolutely no money required on their part.
That's a load of yak droppings. It's true that publishers withhold a percentage of all royalties as possible blowback from returns. That is listed very clearly on author's royalty statements - or they should be. In the case of e-books, there is no "returns," so there would be no withholdings. There are no other "fees." Once the author earns out, royalties kick in. Period.I was told that big NYC publishers take fees out too, with the example that after the advance, writers don't see a penny until all the fees are paid back.