Writer Seth Harwo0d (Jack Wakes Up) is talking ’bout a revolution in his hot tub this week. Turns out that when you take the money for a traditional book deal, your hands become tied when it comes to promoting it. Seth made his name in crime fiction with a freely distributed audio version of his book. Now that his book is out from Three Rivers Press a division of Random House, he’s meeting with resistance when it comes to giving out his book free on pdf. Go figure. This podcast outlines his frustration with the publishing process as it now stands.
I personally don’t have anything against the big publishers or the traditional path to publication. But it’s not for me. I will not surrender my fiction to publisher contracts and I’ll build my own audience, my own way. It won’t make me rich, it won’t get me invited to hang with the traditional publishers and writers, but that’s OK by me. Because in five or ten years time, I’ll still be putting out great fiction and my fans will appreciate it. All my books are always free in digital form and for as small a price point as possible when you choose to get them in proprietary formats and paperback.
I’m with you Seth! Oh and by the way, Jack Wakes Up, is the bomb! You really should order your copy today from your local Independent book seller.