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Publishng Myths Series, Revisited

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It's been a couple of years since I posted the series on Publishing Myths. I had planned to revise the entire series this week, but Work got in the way. Ah, the freelancing life. Hard to say no to work when it comes my way, particularly in this economy. Oh, and it's a cool project, but still sekkrit.

So, what has changed in the last couple of years? Rather a lot, really. Here's a short list:
  • Borders is in Chapter 11 (Also, Red Group in Australia is in similar straits, and Waterstones in the UK is in trouble.)
  • Agency pricing for ebooks is the norm at Amazon and the Apple Store.
  • NYT and USA Today bestseller lists now include ebooks, and there are some surprises.
  • Publishers have gained some clue on ebooks, but clearly have a long way to go.
  • More and more self-published success stories, including J. A. Konrath and Lee Goldberg.
The one thing that remains unchanged is, no matter how you publish (NYC house, small press, DIY, ebook house, and so on) you won't make any money if the publisher (or you, if you're the publisher) can't get your books into the hands of readers.

If you see any glaring errors in the series, please let me know in the comments to this post. (All installments are linked at the bottom of the first post.) Thanks, and have a great weekend!
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