Monday, November 14, 2011
Liz’s Lair: Choices
Recognize him? It’s Barry Eisler, NY Times Best Seller who turned down a half a million dollar advance to self publish.
I know a lot of you out there are shaking your heads right now. Most of us will never see that kind of advance –or even make half of that in our entire writing careers. So, what could possibly have been going through his mind when he turned his nose up at the offer?
My guess would be that it's because we have choices. In today’s publishing world it’s no longer New York or bust. There are hundreds of reputable e-pubs (and some not so reputable) willing to take a chance on a manuscript that NY rejected for whatever reason. Did I say willing to take a chance--more like chomping at the bit. Thy can’t make money unless they have books, and with so many upstarts out there, chances are pretty good that we could all get a contract.
But is that always the way to go? Or is even a NY offer always the way to go?
That brings me back to the key word for today. CHOICES.
And what about self publishing. Are Barry and Joe Konrath and some of the others pioneering the way for us? Putting your work on Amazon yourself no longer carries the “failure” stigma that it used to. Hundreds of authors are jumping on that bandwagon with books that NY either doesn’t want or has no idea how to market. MORTAL DECEPTION will go up in the next few weeks (I know. I know. My saying that is getting old.) But trust me this time. I’ve got added incentive since a widely published reviewer read it and gushed. She wants to get the buzz going for the Chrismas holidays. How can I say no to that?
And as for Barry—well, he talked a good game about self publishing but in the end, he signed on the dotted line with Amazon. I can’t say I blame him. Self publishing is a lot of work. The moral of this story is that sometimes you have to make difficult choices to get ahead in this world. Same old-same old isn’t always the safest way. Will Barry’s decision be the right one? Only time will tell, and a lot of us will be watching, but I am so excited because of all the choices authors have today that I had to tell his story.
The picture is from the New England Crime Bake where he was a keynote speaker. The conference wasn’t as crazy as last year, but it was fun. I met some really interesting people there and schmoozed with the best of them. Here’s our favorite male version of a BC babe, Pete, who got an honorable mention in the Al Blanchard award this weekend. Yay, Pete! His biggest prize was being surrounded by all these adoring fans!
And then I met a really ugly guy with 2 cute chicks. More about them tomorrow, I’m sure.
And just when you think you have finally made the right choice, someone tempts you with another. An editor at the conference expressed interested in MORTAL DECEPTION. The problem is that even if she loved it and bought it, it wouldn’t be released until 2013. I’ve never been a patient woman. So, look for it in the next few weeks when it will go on sale until after Christmas.
Did I make the right decision? Tell me what you think about all these choices.