A slick take on e-publishing

I have to admit it — I am one of the many people who has an issue with e-books.  Yes, there are many of us.  Those of you charging around with your Nooks and your Kindles may be in denial, but we are here.

It isn’t that we are all techno-phobic.  I’m working on a computer.  I have a wireless keyboard and soon will be able to work on the TV in the living room as well as a screen in the basement (where the treadmill is).  I love technology.

But I don’t love e-books as a whole.  I’ve sampled a good number of them and except for the ones put out by traditional publishers, I usually find them wanting.  As loathe was we are to admit it, if a publisher won’t take a manuscript, there is often a very good reason.

Fortunately, there is an e-book publisher out there who wants to turn this image around.  Argo Navis is an e-publishing service “designed for professional authors acting as publishers, who control the e-book rights to their reverted or not-in-print works.”

But not just any author can be included on the Argo Navis lists because author’s cannot sign up their own works.  This has to be done by their agents.

Doesn’t seem fair?

I’m okay with it and, I have to say, I would definitely consider an Argo Navis e-book.  Their policy may seem exclusionary, but when that means that I don’t have to sift through the dreak that couldn’t make it out of the slushpile, I’m cool with that.

Special thanks to Lee Wind who brought this service to my attention via the SCBWI blog.



6 thoughts on “A slick take on e-publishing

  1. “As loathe was we are to admit it, if a publisher won’t take a manuscript, there is often a very good reason.” You’re making a very big assumption there. I won’t argue against traditional publishing or even against companies that will publish ebooks via the traditional paths. But . . . There are a heck of a lot of excellent writers out there who haven’t bothered to ask publishers for their permission. I’m the first to admit that probably 99% of self-published ebooks are crap, but not all of them. And, considering how many self-published authors are trying to tell new writers that they’re going to be held to the same standards as any print authors, I’d say that the percentage of good to bad will be rising. Maybe very slowly, but it will rise.

    1. What assumption would that be? There is always a good reason that they choose not to publish something. Often it is quality. Sometimes it is economic. We may not like to contemplate their reasons, but the reasons are there nonetheless. We need to quit playing the victim and work on our writing. Then whatever publishing path we chose will pay off, but not until we focus on our craft.

      1. Your assumption is that all the self-published books have been submitted and rejected. In fact, more and more authors are simply bypassing the traditonal publishing establishment.

      2. Catana,
        Actually, I would say that my assumption is that they would be rejected if they were submitted. I have no clue what the submission history is on anything but my own work.

  2. On the fence with this. It can be good or bad. I have some stuff e-published and the couple of good reviews I got were enough to give me some confidence, but I fear what is lurking around my e-books.

    1. Try to ignore what’s lurking. We all have the same problem and there’s nothing we can do about it. Just write the best stories you can, edit the hell out of them, let people know they’re out there (non-agressively), and keep writing.

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