Q and A from Joe Konrath:
I’m going to answer emails in this blog post. Not specific ones, but amalgams of the kind of email I get on a regular basis. If you’ve emailed me before, and I haven’t replied, here’s the answer you were seeking…
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Q: I read your old blog posts, and you recommend things that you now advise against. What’s with the hypocrisy?
A: As new data comes in, I change my mind.
It is one of Joe’s Axioms that people would rather defend their beliefs to the death instead of admitting they might be wrong. I try to admit when I’m wrong, and I adjust my beliefs accordingly. I think the ability to learn and adapt can only help while seeking success.
Q: Why are you so down on publishers, and those authors who choose the legacy route?
A: This blog has documented all the reasons I believe self-publishing is preferable to legacy publishing, ad nauseum. It used to bother me when I saw writers signing bad contracts (hint: they’re all bad unless you are a huge bestseller) and I believe that writers make bad decisions because they aren’t edumacated. So I try to edumacate them, and adopting a controversial tone helps get this blog more traffic, thus making people more aware of the topics I discuss.
But frankly, it is none of my business what other writers do. If you want to sign away your rights, forever, for 17.5% ebook royalties, forever, knock yourself out. I no longer have a horse in this race. I got all of my rights back, and my six week Kindle total is $116,000, which is more than the first three-book deal I signed. For those same books.
Do whatever makes you happy, and follow whichever path you think is best. But do yourself a solid and research all of your options. Writers never had options before. Now we do. You owe it to yourself to learn as much as you can before deciding which route to take.
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Q: You keep bragging about all the money you’re making. I think you’re a liar.
A: I don’t consider it bragging. I post my numbers to show what is possible.
Before I started blogging, writers were pretty much kept in the dark about money. No one knew what anyone else made. As such, there was a lot of suspicion, misinformation, envy, and floundering.
I was one of the first writers to openly talk about earnings. I felt this transparency was necessary in order to show my peers the difference between self-pub and legacy.
Now, lots of writers openly discuss money. I like to think I played a part in that.
And while I’m not perfect, I don’t lie. There’s no reason to. If I wasn’t making a lot of money, I’d be honest about it.
Sometimes I use this blog in an attempt to instigate change, because there are certain things about this industry that should be changed. But I don’t make shit up to prove my points. I draw conclusions after having experience, I don’t fake experience to pimp an agenda.
Link to the rest at A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing