Be the Monkey - Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath

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Bestselling authors J.A. Konrath and Barry Eisler discuss ebooks, self-publishing, and the future of the industry, in this 25,000 word dialog. More
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About JA Konrath

JA Konrath is the author of eight novels in the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller series, including Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, and Stirred.

Under the name Jack Kilborn he wrote the horror novels Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, and Draculas.

Joe has have more than seventy short stories and articles published. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.

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Reviews

Melinda McGuire reviewed on on July 7, 2011

Thanks to Konrath and Eisler for sharing this and making it free! It is inspirational to read the discussion between the two of them about the future publishing -print vs. digital - and the role that all parties will play in that publishing: writers, editors, publishers, distributors. I am taking notes! Thanks for saving many of us from having to reinvent the wheel.
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Cyn Bagley reviewed on on April 25, 2011

I have been a faithful consumer of Konrath's blog "A Newbies Guide to Publishing" for a few years. So when I had a chance to read some more advice by Konrath, I grabbed the opportunity.

This ebook contains the best advice yet for new, struggling, and even established writers, which is self-pub on digital publishers.

These are the same arguments that finally convinced me to look for "Smashwords" (I don't have the time to convince the gateway keepers due to my illness, I don't have the temperament to cater to an editor, and the books I liked have taken a long time to get to the books stores.) I supported people like LKH and Simon Greene long before they became popular.

So even though there seemed to be beer involved with writing this interview, it was very concise and clear. It made my arguments and added a few more, which I have been spouting off to my husband.

And not only is this ebook full of personal knowledge from successful authors, it is also a fun read.
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Alan Edwards reviewed on on March 29, 2011

IF you've ever raised welts from trying to bang your head through the wall of Mainstream Publishing, you need to read this. If you've pondered the idea of self-publishing but think it will destroy your chances of becoming a successful author, you need to read this. If you love to write and just want to let other people read what you've put together, you need to read this. And it's free.

This dialogue from two established authors about the effects of the digital age and the rapid rise of e-books and e-readers will open your eyes and change your outlook about the potential marketability of your work, and inform you about the eciting changes in the industry, to the benefit of authors everywhere. Do yourself a favor, and read this witty exchange of viewpoints from two men who have been through the publishing world. I guarantee, you will learn something.
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Coral Russell reviewed on on March 22, 2011

An established author turns down half a million dollars from a major publishing house to go Indie... And with this eBook we have front row seats!

Most interesting read I've seen in a while.
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Allan R. Wallace reviewed on on March 19, 2011

Dynamite! As if erosion had not done enough damage to that Dam old publishing model, these renegades blow it up and release a flood. I've a new title for this e-book, "Tears of New York."
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Paul Swearingen reviewed on on March 19, 2011

Joe and Barry tell it like it is with self-publishing. Now, I don't regret at all self-publishing my first five titles on Smashwords, and I really appreciate the positive boost I received by reading this FREE ebook!
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NetBound Publishing reviewed on on March 19, 2011

This is an eye-opening book. If you're still on the fence about digital self-publishing,then this is a must read. These are authors that are successful in the e-book market, helping light the road they've already travelled for those of us that follow. Thanks for caring enough to pass it along.
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