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NYT Bestseller Earned More With Self-Pub Book Than Traditional Publication

1 June 2012

From AppNewser:

For David Thorne, a NYT Bestselling author, self-publishing has been more profitable than working with a traditional publisher.

In fact, the author has made more money from his newly self-published book I’ll Go Home Then; It’s Warm and Has Chairs, than he did from his book The Internet is a Playground, which was published by Penguin’s Tarcher imprint.

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“I wanted to do something different.  For my first book, the publisher took a lot of control over the layout.  I was not happy with the typeface.  I hated the cover. I had no say over any of that,” Thorne stated.

He set a sales goal that he wanted to earn as much money from his self-published [via Lulu] book in three months than he had with his traditionally published title. In two months, he achieved this goal and since the book was published March 15th he expects his sales on June 15th will surpass his goal by 43%.

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5 Comments to “NYT Bestseller Earned More With Self-Pub Book Than Traditional Publication”

  1. This is becoming so common I’m surprised it’s even “news” anymore. In the romance world, this is becoming SO common. Ask Marie Force, Courtney Milan, et. al. Ho hum.

  2. You have to wonder whether the career path of a writer will become.
    Self publish => Get attention => sign publishing contract => build following => return to self publishing taking readership with you.

  3. I think this is a lot more common than people think.

  4. Agreed, Kat and Abel.

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