Author Pete Hamill is publishing his latest book as an exclusive e-book
, through Little, Brown.
My question: If you're an established author and are going to exclusively e-publish, what the hell do you need a Big Six publisher for? Publish it yourself, promote it on a Web site, and make a lot more money! You think Publishers Weekly and The New York Times and the rest of the New York establishment is going to refuse to review your book because of that? No chance.
This could have been a bold and interesting step in the e-publishing paradigm shift. Instead, it's a move that no author should emulate. Unless, of course, the idea of leaving money on the table holds a lot of appeal.
Weird. I don't get it. What can Little, Brown do for Hamill that he can't do for himself (with some help, granted)?