RARA-AVIS: Re: book buying advice from professional writers re royalties

From: patrick lee (dermdocsx2@gmail.com)
Date: 10 Oct 2010

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    Thanks to Messers. Crider and Zeltserman for their responses. Here is Duane Swierczynski's answer, similar to Bill and Dave's:

    Hey, Pat-- Honestly, I'm grateful that you read my work in ANY form, print or e-book. I'm just as happy if someone checks a book of mine out of the library. I think it comes down to what works best for you.

    I divide my purchases between physical books and e-books -- I tend to collect my favorite writers in hardcover, but love the idea of downloading a novel on a whim. I do wish publishers would include a free e-book version with the purchase of a hardcover, much like they do with DVDs and digital copies these days. Maybe someday...

    Thanks so much for asking -- I'm absolutely flattered, and hope you keep enjoying the weird stuff I write.

    Cheers-- Duane

    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Bill Crider <macavityabc@...> wrote:
    > Patrick, my e-book experience is so limited that I can't give you a good
    > answer. I have several formerly out-of-print westerns and horror novels
    > available in all the e-book formats, but they've been out such a short time
    > that I can't tell how I'm doing with them. My current books have been
    > available in e-book format for a year or so, but the royalty statements
    > haven't really been clear enough to give me much of a clue. So. As long as
    > people are buying and reading the books, it doesn't really matter to me
    > about the format. I hope to be doing some more promotion of those
    > out-of-print books, and it would be nice if everyone would buy those. It
    > would certainly improve my bank balance. As for the current books, any
    > format that people prefer helps me out as long as they like 'em and
    > recommend them to others.
    > Bill Crider
    > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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