ACX has positioned itself as an enabler of rights “liberation” for entrepreneurial authors…only to then yank half the rug out from under those authors by dropping royalties of up to 90 percent down to 40 percent.
Howey’s new Author Earnings report (with more than 150 comments so far) went live at about 1 p.m. ET Tuesday and was quickly and admiringly classified as a “bombshell” by the longtime independence-warrior Barry Eisler. Another deeply pedigreed hair-tearer in the cause, Joe Konrath, picked up the large report and posted it for his avid readers to help out when Howey’s new AuthorEarnings.com site was crashed by eager newcomers. They stepped right up, the leadership did. Notice that?
What if we’re moving from what one revered observer calls an effort to transcend the idea of two classes of authors — to what another highly respected commentator says is a three–class system?
Follow that burning fuse. It runs between these two curiously different words. We may need to think about which of them is closer to us. Revolution. Pretty comfortable. Thanks to Madison Avenue, we nowadays say “revolution” for every change, from geopolitical alliances to bathroom tissue. Revolt. Not so comfortable. More acute. Something or someone feels out of control. It’s an uprising, not a downfalling. Dangerous.
Dana Beth Weinberg at Digital Book World 2014: “Should traditional publishers feel threatened by the potential of self-publishing? Of course they should.”
This is why Hugh Howey talks of self-publishing authors being “maniacally focused” on their readers. Those writers are doing it without even the apparatus and muscle of publishing houses. They’re conquering that fan-fulfillment challenge one reader at a time—a reader earned must be a reader retained.
DBW’s three days of programs has drawn an aggregate audience of some 1,500 attendees, according to organizers. None of them will have seen “our friends in Seattle,” as the retail behemoth Amazon is at times called, given this level of direct, interpretive attention at this iconic event in the heart of the US publishing industry.