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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

What does a traditional publisher actually sell to an author?

Sunday morning saw a short interview on the BBC morning news with Mark Edwards, co-author of Kindle’s best-selling Killing Cupid. He’d just got a big publishing deal with Harper Collins and I have been wondering just exactly what they’ve bought or rather, and much more to the point, what he’s bought from them?

See the interview made much of the present practice of making authors promote their own books. As a result, the same authors, having become more secure in their ability to get their own sales, are progressively cutting out the publisher and self-publishing. Certainly it is widely voiced that traditional publishers have very small budgets for publicising the books they sell.

Mark put his book on the Kindle store as an e-book (priced, incidentally, at a very competitive 70p). He promoted his book agressively using social marketing on twitter facebook and via his blog. He became a best-seller and Harper Collins have snapped him up. They have paid him an advance, and they get the rights to his book.

But he’s still going to promote the book. He’s going to be giving HC a sizeable slice of the royalties. So now, whenever HC sell a copy of his book, he is paying them. And the more books they sell, the more he pays them. Now that’s what I don’t get.

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