- 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: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,088 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.
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 ›
This is easily the best book on writing and publishing that I've read in a long time. Eisler and Konrath were both successful authors within the traditional publishing track when they each decided to pursue self-publishing instead. Barry Eisler made headlines earlier this year when he turned down a $500,000 contract with St. Martin's Press to pursue indie publishing. The rest is, to coin a cliche, history.
The authors, in a standard friendly conversation format (not an interview), cover a lot of ground from what is legacy publishing to why monkeys like mouth raping frogs. And, trust me, everything in between. Except crazy ex-wives.
It's important, though, to keep in mind that they don't whitewash self-publishing and they don't throw unearned stones at the major publishing houses. Both talk from experience, not theory. Their ideas are similar, but they disagree on a few minor points. The really interesting parts of the book are where they get prescient and talk about the future of e-books. Near the end it tends to sag as they spend a little bit too much time throwing darts at traditional publishers (within the context of trying to define Amazon's imprints).
I highly recommend this book for every published author and every struggling published author as well as every agent and editor in the publishing industry.
I'm going to read it again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read and information for a writer wanting to be a self publisher.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It appears that this book - with the arguments it makes and the empirical evidence it cites - is going to change my approach to publishing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elliot S. Maggin
A must read for anyone interested in publishing a book - either self-publishing or otherwise!Published 9 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 18 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 21 months ago by Trouble
If there is one books you need to read about self publishing, this should be the first!Published 22 months ago by Brio
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