This post, by Mary Anne Graham, originally appeared on her Quacking Alone blog on 5/23/10.
Joe Konrath, author of the Jack Daniels thriller series and of the new resource for indie writers – The Newbies Guide to Publishing – has inked a deal that sieges the Publishing Royals’ Castle. It also charts the course, showing the Royals, authors and agents where the future lies. The deal itself and the fact that it is with the biggest, baddest ebookseller AND bookseller on the planet has traditional publishing Royals hunkering down in the castle in the futile hope that they can survive the coming indie siege.
Konrath signed a publishing deal with AmazonEncore for the newest JD thriller, Shaken. Under the deal, Shaken will be available in the Kindle store this October and will then be available in print about four months later, in February 2011. The deal turns the traditional arrangements around 180 degrees and has the Kindle version released first with the print book following several months later. Some of the Royals have been trying to kill the upstart ebook industry by releasing their “big” books only in paper form for several months. That would force loyal fans to buy the paper version and discourage the fans from investing in the future. Or so the Royals thought and the Royals are used to deciding what we will read, when we will read it and how we will read it.