Eisler Happier On The Self-Publishing Road Over NY Deals

Author Barry Eisler, in discussion with JA Konrath, reveals that he would  turn down a $500,000 book deal in favour of self-publishing.

Joe: But I never had the treatment you had from legacy publishers. I would walk away from a big deal now, most certainly, because I have two years of data proving I can do better on my own.
However, what if a NYT bestseller were offered, say, half a million dollars for two books?

Or, more specifically, let’s say you were offered that.

You’d take it. Right?
Barry: Well, I guess not… 😉
Joe: So… no BS… you were just offered half a mil, and you turned it down?
Barry: Yes.
Joe: Holy shit!
Barry: I know it’ll seem crazy to a lot of people, but based on what’s happening in the industry, and based on the kind of experience writers like you are having in self-publishing, I think I can do better in the long term on my own.
Joe: Holy shit!

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