06-01-2012 01:30 PM
For anyone interested in the self-pub world or the self-pub v. trad pub debate:
This is a great article by (both trad-pubbed and self-pubbed) author Chuck Wendig on the self-pub situation. It's a good read, but where things get really interesting is in the comments, which cover everything from quality issues in the self-pub world to the idea that trad pubs are evil, to the author versus blogger controversies.
06-01-2012 02:48 PM
So who carries, or who out there is a likely to carry the mantel for self publishing? The movies have sundance. Cable TV created its own awards. Music has publications, both print and online promoting indie music.
Right now there are some bloggers, reviewers, who may include self published books in their best of the year lists. Creation of awards for the self published by someone like Goodreads would seem to be a good start. If self publishing continues to grow it will happen.
06-01-2012 03:21 PM
I think Goodreads has self-pub best-of lists. At the very least, they're democratic in the sense that readers vote on everything, so any book, whether trad or self-pubbed, can appear on any best-of list.
One of the commenters suggested a "board" that would approve books. I had this idea also, but there has to be enough faith in the board to make it work.
Another commenter suggested making MFA degrees a point of entry, but considering the number of MFA grads that can't get their work pubbed, and the number of non-MFA grads that are phenomonal writers, I don't see this as a very good standard. And it's redonkulously expensive, limiting the market only to those with means (and as we all know, having $$ doesn't automatically make someone a good writer).
06-01-2012 03:58 PM - edited 06-01-2012 03:58 PM
Seems kind of ironic that there are a number of different awards out there for best unpublished novel doesn't it?
06-01-2012 04:36 PM
Romance Writers of America has fairly prestigous award for the best self-published romance novel.
As far as awards for unpubbed work - an author could always submit their book to those contests before self-pubbing. I, for one, would be much more likely to read a self-pubbed book that had won an award prior to publication than one that had not.
Also, IMO one of the big problems with the self-pub market right now is the rush to publication. It might behoove self-pubbers to to enter their books in these contests, particularly the ones that provide critique feedback, (in addition to hiring a quality editor and using beta readers and critique groups), before putting them out on the market.
06-01-2012 05:39 PM
06-10-2012 09:34 AM
06-10-2012 02:54 PM
Customers can read the sample and see if they are interested in the book. There is also a return policy. I don't know what that is here at B&N.
B&N's return policy on ebooks is no returns. From the Help Desk:
"We are unable to accept returns for NOOK Books, magazines, downloadable PDFs for SparkNotes products, gift cards, and shrink-wrapped items that have been opened. Please note: Once purchased, NOOK Books cannot be refunded."
Some of the competitors (***cough*** Amazon ***cough***) are much more liberal.
06-10-2012 03:00 PM
06-10-2012 03:08 PM
I have been unable to figure out how one "returns" an e-book. How could the seller verify that you haven't made a backup copy? Perhaps Amazon has something in their Kindle software to do a search-and-destroy on any kept copies of a book you returned?
It must be something like that. From Kindle Return Policies:
"Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are eligible for return and refund if we receive your request within seven days of the date of purchase. Once a refund is issued, you'll no longer have access to the book. To request a refund and return, visit Manage Your Kindle, click the actions tab for the title you'd like to return, and select 'Return for refund.'"
Or maybe they just mean you won't be able to download it any more.
06-10-2012 10:38 PM
The interesting part about BN's "no return" policy is that Pubit! has a clause in the agreement when you sign up stipulating that BN can remove money from your account in the event of a returned ebook.
i.e. it isn't as hard and fast of a rule as some people think.
06-11-2012 09:37 AM
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