In a neat parallel, Stephen King wrote a book exclusively for Kindle earlier this year.
When e-books first appeared, many were of a lesser quality than paper books, sometimes having gone into the marketplace with only the most cursory of edits, if that. For some reason, “cheap and easy” meant “inferior” back then.
All that has changed. At Red Rose Publishing (an e-publisher with some books POD), for example, the process is highly professional, with copy editing as well as line editing.
Several recent paper bestsellers could have done with that. Mary Higgins Clark’s books, for example, are full of unintended echo-words and fact repetitions, and I’ve caught at least two dangling participles, not to mention long passages of “walking the dog”.
What determines the quality nowadays, is not the medium (e or paper). It’s the publisher’s track record.
Obvious Benefits for E-book Writers
- There is a demand for e-books.
- Many publishers will accept shorter works of fiction, like 10,000 words or even 2,000 words.
- Response time is on average 3 months from submission to contract, and another 6 to release.
- Edits happen online.
- Although there is often no advance, the royalties are in the order of 50%.
- No messy bookstore return policies. Once an e-book is sold, it’s sold.
- No pulping, “out of print” or “out of stock” problems.
- And – best of all for those of us who still need to touch our books – many e-publishers release their bestselling e-books in print.
Yvonne Eve Walus writes bestselling romances as Eve Summers for Red Rose Publishing. She also writes paper books. Please visit her on http://yewalus.kiwiwebhost.net.nz/.