Selling my Lizzy Gardner series to Thomas & Mercer (an Amazon imprint) has been a great experience so far… and here’s why:
- It was easy and fun to negotiate my own contract
- Terms and royalties are higher than most publishers
- My first Publishing Agreement was signed by Jeff Bezos and is framed and sitting on my desk
- I hear from my editor on a regular basis (He updates me, keeps me in the loop, and lets me know that he’s excited to read my next book!)
- When I email my editor, I get a response within hours
- I am paid quarterly, but I am provided with monthly royalty statements so that I know exactly how many books I am selling (borrows, too!)
- Discoverability–I get maximum exposure on Amazon (i.e. daily deals, mass emails, etc.)
- My books are offered as paperbacks and audio books (they do the work, leaving me more time to write)
- I hope to hear good news soon about foreign sales
- Amazon treats me like a customer they care about
- I was invited to attend the Book Expo in New York and the Press Conference in Santa Monica. No stuffy people to be found– everyone was friendly and welcoming
- I receive emails from the author team, updating me with publishing news and inviting me to dinners if I happen to be in the area
- These opportunities have allowed me to meet so many wonderful authors, including: Jessica Park, Michele Scott (A.K. Alexander), Andrew Kaufman, Barry Eisler, Hugh Howey, Melinda Leigh, Sheila Redling, Lee Goldberg and so many more!
If you have signed with one of Amazon’s imprints and have something to add to the list, please do. Although I am enjoying working with Amazon, I plan to wait and see how things go before I sign another contract (positive thinking on my part that they would even want me to sign another contract).
I also plan to continue to self-publish my romance novels, mostly because I enjoy the process and the 70% royalties.
The industry continues to change, and although that does not make me anxious, it does make me cautious in the sense that I don’t want to put all of my eggs in one basket. One of the best decisions I made at the beginning of my journey was to push myself to do things I never thought I would do. You only live once. Go for it! I am just as excited today as I was on March 11, 2011, when I released my first book, Return of the Rose!
As always, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.
The Best of Epublishing Wishes — Theresa Ragan