I myself went straight to it. I did try the classic route with some of my short works and had a little success and one novel did catch the eye of a New York agent...but alas, she turned it down.
So, Kindle came along and I formatted my stuff and now I have a series running there. Two books (well, actually a collection of shorts and a novella of 200 pages) have been up since September and I have sold nearly 50 copies to date.
Now, the biggest advantage (to me) is that IN those 3 and a half months I have sold 47 copies to people whereas if I had sent the material to New York I would have to be waiting another 4 to 5 months before hearing anything.
So I was curious if any of you have a battered old manuscript that you KNOW will sell a couple thousand copies if you could just get it out there if you can just get past the gatekeepers (agents/editors)
well, Kindle is hot right now and depending on the genre, you could be making some money by January. My own work is a mystery thriller series about a Detective who encounters people with paranormal problems in between his usual job as a cop. From what i have seen, much of Kindle is fantasy and romance but there are some thriller writers in there too.
Anyone here want to tell their tale?
Thanks, John. It's nice to hear good things about Encore. My books have not been previously published, so I may be wrong about re-releases. They appear to be not much different from traditional publishers in that they publish in several formats. I have a notion that there are no advances, but then I wasn't looking for those. I do like Amazon's publicity. Much good luck with your books!
Steve, I agree with David! Just take the chance if you want to. Just look into things first if you decide to go for it. I'm sure folks here on Crimespace who've self-published will help you.
Wow- so many responses-
You guys can visit www.kindleboards.com/ for more answers
they are a very nice group there and very helpful in answering questions. I suggest reading a bunch of things on the writers cafe first and you'll get a good diea of the world of Kindle writing & reading. Then, if you want to- sign up and join in
Thanks. I probably will do this eventually.
Promotion is just one. I've read stories of publishers sending books editorial changes to authors after three months and wanting them back in two weeks. I'm sorry, I'm not taking time from my paying job for something that pays like a hobby. It might be different if the publishers had an investment in building readership, but I don't think too many of them do that anymore. You sell, or you're out.
Good luck with Encore, I.J., sounds like a neat opportunity.
Thanks, Eric. It hasn't happened yet.
I've done well selling my non-fiction books as ebooks, but haven't tried my novels. I have two techno-thrillers and two historic. I've mentally set this summer as decision time. They're clogging up my desk drawer.