Why the e-book argument is beginning to sway me

The headline How you can make a million writing your own e-book is irresistible. Just how do these writers do it?

I admit it is tempting to side step the agony of approaching an agent and to avoid the pain of rejection letters. At least, that’s what successful e-book authors tell us. They bash out a book in a couple of weeks, having picked a popular genre such as crime thriller or chick lit, get an eye-catching cover designed, and then sell it for a few pence online.

As someone who has laboured over every sentence of her novel, and still hasn’t finished it five years on, I do find it hard to understand how people can write books so quickly and sell them so cheaply. Quality of writing would be my main concern, though that doesn’t seem to trouble the Continue reading

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Kindle author achieves publishing dream by landing major book deal

I LOVE to hear about writers making it big by being persistent and brave, and not taking no for an answer.

So I was delighted to read in the Evening Standard about an author who self-published her novel digitally, and sold it for 95p on Kindle. Louise Voss proceeeded to promote her novel, Catch Your Death, relentlessly via social networking, propelling it to the top of the Kindle charts. Her success caught the attention of HarperFiction, which gave her and her writing partner Mark Edwards a six-figure deal.

What an inspiring story. This has turned traditional publishing on its head, and shows that a well-written, compelling book with an author driven, focused and prepared to promote it CAN achieve starry success.