Kassia Krozser, late of the shuttered Quartet Press, has posted an excellent primer for writers on the differences in eBook publishing versus print on her blog, Booksquare. If you’re an unpublished writer hoping eBooks might be your ticket to publication, or a print novelist considering selling extra romance eFiction to indie pubs such as Samhain or Ellora’s Cave, give “Digital Publishing: Looking at the Business Model,” a look.
Krozer sifts the pros and cons of the eBook publishing model for the novice, including:
- Advances and lower royalties from print pubs vs. no advances and higher royalties from eBook pubs
- Selling on proposal to print vs. selling full manuscripts to eBook pubs
- Differences in time to market of your manuscript in print and electronic format
- Quality control of finished product in print and eBook
- Expected sales numbers in print vs. eBooks
- Pricing and third party sales
This is an extensive article. Even those already working in the eBook publishing world may discover a fact or two about the digital publishing model they may not have known before.