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'08 Authors Insider Tips


Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Epublishing: A Different Way
Choosing an Epublisher
Your Milage May Vary
Understand Your Contract!
Reasonable Expectations


FictionCraft
by Louisa Burton
The Publishing Biz
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Commerical vs. Literary...
Antiformalism for Fun &...
So You Want to Write a Novel
The Story Idea
Planning Your Novel...


The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
5 Steps to Success
Inspirational
Opening Passages
Let's Get Critical
Writer's Block
Learning Lessons


Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Be a Finisher ...
Listen to Your Characters
Conferences: Act Now ...
Starting an Erotic Story
Exercises & Writing Prompts
Revising & Rewriting
Copy Editing
The Manuscript Critique
How to Submit Your Work
Reading as Craft


Guest Appearances

Adventures in e-Publishing
by Lisabet Sarai

For the Love of Man
by Laura Baumbach

How to...Influence Editors
by Alison Tyler

Marketing your e-Book
by Brenna Lyons


2008 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
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Busy Doing Nothing
Picture of a Fish & Chip...
What I Did With My Summer


Cooking Up A Storey
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Naughty Cookies...
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The Smut-Writer’s Holiday
Never Trust the Narrator ...
Compare and Contrast
Following the Pen
Naked at the Farmers Market
Iím Easy, But Iím No Slut
Good Girl Gone Bad
Pleasures of the Dark Side
Slow, Spare and Sexy


Get All Worked Up
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Raising Daughters
Jamie Lynn
Utopias
Lust
The Good Old Days
Election '08
Traditional Marriage
Campaign 2008
Free Will


Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Masturbating on SSRIs
Sex and Disability
Besides Ourselves
Adjusting our Contrast


Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Sex Is All Metaphors
Turn-ons and Squicks
Sexual Truth
Fickle Muse
Porn, Erotica & Romance


Provocative Interviews

Between the Lines
with Ashley Lister
Alison Tyler
Ashley Lister
Debra Hyde
Donna George Storey
Jeremy Edwards
Kristina Wright
Rachel Kramer Bussel


Erotic Hot Spots
by William S. Dean
Interview with Tilly Greene
Interview with Devyn Quinn


Getting Graphic
with William S. Dean
New Times for Readers...
The Future in Words ...
Interview with Fantagraphics


On Writing Erotica

The Accidental Pornographer
by Lisabet Sarai

The End of Innocence
by Lisabet Sarai

Get Them Off in High Style
Helena Settimana

So, You Want To Write Erotica?
by Hanne Blank


Web Gems
Hot Movies For Her

Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Epublishing

(and some things you didnít know you needed to know)
by Angela James


YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary

 

Angela James | E-PublishingThink of this as the interlude between informative articles, the public service announcement, the after school special with a meaningful message (remember those?)…well, you get the picture. I’m taking a break from discussing epublishing and finding the epublisher right for you to share one of my favorite internet acronyms and one pertinent to both life in general and publishing: YMMV—Your mileage may vary.

Publishing is like everything else in life, from the weighty matters to the not-so-life altering: political candidates, Coke or Pepsi, the chicken or the egg, Burger King or McDonalds? No matter how much information you gather, how many opinions you get from people you respect, and no matter the thorough research you do, in the end, what publisher you choose and whether you’re happy with them is an entirely subjective and individual thing (and I should note, this pertains not just to epublishers, though that’s what the scope of my series of articles addresses, but also traditional publishers,  small publishers, agents, etc.)

Not only that, but what makes up each publisher—how they operate, the people who run it, their marketing plan, payment schedule—will vary in importance for each author. To use politics as an example again, in the same way it might be a deal breaker for you if your candidate cheated on his wife, but the next person could not care less, one author might only want a publisher who pays monthly and refuse to consider all others, while another will consider twice a year just fine.

The last point is one that’s more difficult to articulate. From a publisher’s point of view, I think it’s also important to remember that there are two sides to every “story” and you will rarely get the publisher’s side. Quite frankly, I don’t think there’s any graceful way for a publisher to go public to counter grievances or accusations of wrongdoing, and so some things are better left unsaid. But that leaves authors who are researching for the right publisher in a tough position: reading between the lines to determine if a publisher acted badly towards an author.

Speaking bluntly, because I think honesty is needed in an industry where people are too often afraid to be honest. Sometimes things happen that get reported as bad behavior or marks against a publisher when they’re things that simply happen in publishing: editors and authors don’t always mesh, edits aren’t always to an author’s liking and contracts get cancelled for any variety of reasons. This is actually key to what I’m saying because just as your mileage may vary on what’s important to you in a publisher, your mileage may also vary for agreeing or disagreeing with the reason an author may dislike a publisher.

As a point of clarity, I’m not saying that there aren’t legitimate complaints about publishers because heck yeah, there are. I don’t think any are perfect, and some are decidedly not so perfect. But it’s to say that some things need to be measured against perception.

In the end, it is up to each author to take the information they collect, assimilate it through the filter of other authors’ experiences and beliefs, and make a decision that they are comfortable with and can live with in their publishing career—not based on what will make others happy. No matter what you choose, no two authors experiences will be exactly the same. Everyone’s mileage will, inevitably, vary.

Angela James
September 2008


Lean Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Epublishing with Angela James in our 2008 Archive.

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"Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Epublishing" © 2008 Angela James. All rights reserved.

About the Author: A former harem princess, Duchess of York and globe-trotting superhero, Angela James has lived an extensive fantasy life thanks to the world of books. But after all that, she settled for the job of Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing, where sheís worked since its inception in 2005.
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