How about that title! It probably couldn't have happened a year or two ago. The good news about e-books just keeps getting better and better.
This week's USA Today's best seller list places BLIND FAITH at #7 and THE ABBEY at #12. I haven't checked the other lists, but they're often pretty much the same. Both of these mystery novels are published via Amazon and selling for $.99 (not a typo). I bought BLIND FAITH last evening, and am already hooked (which could change, as I rarely read murder mysteries).
If you've been following Hoosier Ink regularly, you'll know that I've blogged several times recently about e-books. Some of you have already launched your books as such. I'm behind you, but not for much longer. And wait til you hear how my writing buddy is doing.
Two months ago, my writing buddy Melissa and I were still exploring self or independent e-publishing options. Everything we read and heard pushed us closer to taking the leap. About a month ago, Melissa did. Sick and tired of delays and rejections and with six in a series of murder mysteries completed, she e-published with Amazon. From a zero readership, she's already sold pushing 200 books! And having fun reading great reviews from strangers! Like the two books I mention above, she's selling hers at $.99 for a limited time. She'll soon have her second book available and up her prices a bit. So take a look today at an intriguing story for an unbeatable price on http://www.amazon.com/, MISS PETTYBONE'S FIRST CASE by Melissa Rees price.
To join the e-publishing party, a couple of weeks ago I turned down a small, rapidly growing publisher's contract offer for all of my books. (I SO wanted to work with that editor, but just couldn't accept the non-negotiable financial package after my great experience with independent publishing.) It was about the sixth contract offer I've rejected since I started writing fiction. But even more difficult, I also terminated with my agent and literary agency. (Lots of future famifications there, how well I know.)
And yes, I'm still mourning the above decisions a bit, but I'm excitedly preparing my first novel for conversion to an e-book. I'm still deciding between two e-publishers. But at the moment, I'm thinking I'll follow Melissa's lead and use Amazon. If not Amazon, I'll use the printer for all my books so far, http://www.instantpublisher.com/.
I encourage those of you with e-publishing and e-reading experiences to share some comments here. This is still a new publishing "game," with new rules and wins every day. And we need to hear from each other.
Writing and reading blessings!