- File Size: 410 KB
- Print Length: 145 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 18, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SV2IPC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Be the Monkey - Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath Kindle Edition
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The authors make a compelling case here that legacy publishers overprice their digital offings to protect their antiquated power structure, but are as clueless as the record industry was until Apple changed the dynamic forever. Seems lthat Joe and Barry are having a great time, not just hanging out with each other and tossing out inside jokes, but they're absolutely certain of their convictions.
All of it is highly engaging to writers, especially those whose works have fallen out of print, but what's left unexplored is how the hell a digital-only writer can stand out amidst the ever growing whitte noise, especially if the mainstream media is disincentivized to promote digital books. It's a small complaint, since the rest of the information is so valuable. The fact that they actually get paid for this conversation (99 cents!) makes it a profitable experience for both sides . . . it's self-evident proof that the business model works.
No, this won't teach you "how to" self-publish, you will need different resources for that. However, this book will tell you "why" you might want to go the self-published route, and provide some publishing knowledge, some facts and figures, and a healthy dose of motivation to go the indie route.
I actually talked with Barry last summer about a lot of the information covered here, and just now finally purchased an e-reader so I can more easily read electronic books. I liked what both Barry and Joe said here. Some reminded me of Barry an my conversation, and other stuff just motivated me more, and reassured me, that my choice to enter the indie self-publishing realm is the right choice.
There are three main parts to this eBook, each being a separate conversation. The first is a conversation about the rise of eBooks and self-publishing. The two of them make a lot of sense and have a grasp of the publishing industry. Part two addresses some questions that came up from the first conversation, and the third part discusses the deal Eisler made with Amazon's new imprint after turning down a deal with SMP and announcing he was going to self-publish his newest novel "The Detachment.Read more ›
The book is in the form of a recorded interview and conversation and contains plenty of "Quips `n Quotes" which are both entertaining and informative.
While it's no doubt an essential prerequisite when publishing a non fiction "this is my story, warts an' all" type of book, to be factual and economical on fluff, the injection of real life humour is what makes a book inspirational and thought provoking. Of course if you are a serial procrastinator (hint), the thought provoking elements of this book might not lead to any action ...on the other hand, where there's a will there is always hope, if not a crystal clear pathway.
This treatise (for it's a mammoth read!) on the do's and don'ts of self publishing and the why's and wherefores, is totally compelling reading for the "about to publish my Book on Kindle" writer. It's a very long and absorbing read, rather like a text book on steroids written by two comedians! (Try working that one out!).
Joe turned down what appeared at the outset to be an awesomely lucrative deal from a Legacy Publisher, in favour of self publishing. Not a few heads were turned in the process like a scene from the exorcist. A bold move in the face of the Traditional Publishing cognoscenti. One he won't regret I am sure. Those of you out there in the Kindle Kosmos won't regret Joe's move either, since it very clearly marks the beginning of the end of Legacy domination. Let's have three resounding cheers for the pioneers Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler.
Altogether a most illuminating read (for which read Great Polar Exploration).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read for anyone interested in publishing a book - either self-publishing or otherwise!Published 4 months ago by Christoph J Cavert
Very funny off the cuff book that I believe answers the question, “As an author, should I sign with a traditional (they call it Legacy) publishing house or should I self-publish? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Denniger Bolton
A quick overview of how book publishing has changed and how and why it will continue to change
The advice and arguments in this discussion are worth ten times the cost of the... Read more
This is nothing more than a high school-level dialogue between two buddies who are into each other and their own egos as successful writers. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Trouble
If there is one books you need to read about self publishing, this should be the first!Published 16 months ago by Brio
This dialogue between two indie publishing authors provides a surprising amount of information in a great format. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stephen J. Carter
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