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It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
« on: June 23, 2013, 02:25:51 pm »
While the ink isn't yet dry on the contract, I'm happy to say that it looks like I'll be able to keep my ebook rights and yet still have professional, traditional distribution for the audio book (selling the rights to Recorded books) and print distribution (will say more about the publisher once the contract is signed).  As far as I know this type of thing has pretty much only been done by the superstars: Bella, Colleen, Hugh, and 2 novellas by Brandon Sanderson).  I'm sure there are some really small presses that might let the author keep the eboook rights, but I'm not sure they will really move any significant volume.

I see this as a huge development for self-published authors. After all, traditional publishers are still amazingly good at getting books into bookstores, and libraries so being able to have them do what they do best, while still keeping your 70% ebook royalties really is having the best of both worlds.  Here's to hoping that this will provide just one more chink in the wall that will allow other publishers to see the advantages of offering this kind of arrangement.  It's good for them and the author...I love win-win situations.
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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #1 on: June 23, 2013, 02:27:30 pm »
    That's fantastic news, Michael - congratulations!!!

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    « Reply #2 on: June 23, 2013, 02:29:07 pm »
    Excellent news--good for you, and I bet down the road, good for other authors too.

    May it sell and sell!

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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #3 on: June 23, 2013, 02:31:48 pm »
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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #4 on: June 23, 2013, 02:31:55 pm »
    Great news, Michael! Sounds like a win-win. Wonderful to learn of more and more indies blazing a trail.


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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #5 on: June 23, 2013, 02:35:46 pm »
    Congratulations, Michael! It's great to see more indies getting print-only deals.

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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #6 on: June 23, 2013, 02:42:16 pm »
    Congratulations. :) You rock!
     
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    « Reply #7 on: June 23, 2013, 02:46:23 pm »
    That's exciting news.  Keep us informed on how it all turns out.
       

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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #9 on: June 23, 2013, 02:51:35 pm »
    Cool. Way to go!

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    « Reply #10 on: June 23, 2013, 02:55:18 pm »
    Awesome! Congrats!!

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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #11 on: June 23, 2013, 02:57:43 pm »
    That's great, Michael! Congratulations!

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    « Reply #12 on: June 23, 2013, 02:59:23 pm »
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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #13 on: June 23, 2013, 03:03:51 pm »
    Way to go! Good on you for insisting on this!

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    « Reply #14 on: June 23, 2013, 03:17:56 pm »
    Thanks for the well wishes all - I will certainly keep this forum informed, as it is an important development for all of us. One thing is for certain...I'm going to do everything in my power to make this a successful release for the publisher so that others will see the wisdom of such an approach. I feel a great responsibility to make sure that I don't screw it up and give publishers an example of why this would be a bad idea for them to follow.
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    « Reply #15 on: June 23, 2013, 03:26:49 pm »
    Saw the blog post earlier! Congrats! ;D

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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #16 on: June 23, 2013, 03:46:50 pm »
    Michael,

    YAY! What fantastic news. Congratulations and I can't wait to hear again when the ink is dry!!!

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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #17 on: June 23, 2013, 03:49:11 pm »
    Great news! Congrats!  :)

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    « Reply #18 on: June 23, 2013, 03:56:59 pm »
    Fantastic new, Michael! Congratulations.
     
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    « Reply #19 on: June 23, 2013, 04:03:02 pm »
    That's great news, Michael! Congrats!
    Had you submitted to the publisher, or did they come looking for you?

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    « Reply #20 on: June 23, 2013, 04:06:14 pm »
    Awesome! Congrats on the deal. :D

     
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    « Reply #21 on: June 23, 2013, 04:07:00 pm »
    Excellent! Congratulations! How exciting how things are changing...

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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #22 on: June 23, 2013, 04:09:46 pm »
    Congratulations, Michael!  I've been slowly negotiating a similar deal for one of my own books.  It looks to me like publishers are slowly getting used to the idea and the time when they would only offer all-or-nothing deals unless the author pulled serious sales numbers may be slipping into the past.


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    Re: It looks like I might have a print-only deal.
    « Reply #23 on: June 23, 2013, 04:11:15 pm »
    Michael,

    YAY! What fantastic news. Congratulations and I can't wait to hear again when the ink is dry!!!

    :) Bella

    Well you were the REAL trailblazer Bella - When I heard about your deal - I knew it would someday mean hope for us "mere mortals."
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    « Reply #24 on: June 23, 2013, 04:15:07 pm »
    Had you submitted to the publisher, or did they come looking for you?

    I'm not sure there are publishers are "looking" or such deals - even Hugh had to pitch the idea to publishers and all but Simon & Schester said no.  So yes, I approached publishers - and yes many said no.  But who knows maybe in the future we'll see a change and publishers start coming after self-published authors and use print-only as a carrot to get a piece of their action.  While many are "anti-traditional" I think most would consider a print only deal as it is the one aspect that publishers still really have an advantage at and core infrastructure in place to support that business model.
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