From Self-Pub Success to New York 18

As an author who views my writing career as a business, I always need to know what’s going on in publishing. I certainly wasn’t one to jump right into the fray when digital self-publishing came along and Amazon changed the royalty terms from 35% to 70% (btw, no one can achieve this 70% rate from Amazon, it breaks down to more a 65% average when you take in the delivery fees they charge per book and the countries where you can only make 35%). But when my circumstances changed–as in no more NY contract–self-publishing for me seemed the right thing to do.

And at one time, New York publishers wouldn’t have touched a self-published book with a ten-foot pole. Not so now. Now they’re shelling out some pretty significant money to buy enormously self-published books.  So what I’ve done is compile a list of previously self-published books that now have a new home with New York. It’s interesting to note the genre of these books. Not a historical, suspense or paranormal in the bunch….

SLAMMED and POINT OF RETREAT by Colleen Hoover – Simon & Schuster – Atria Books
BEAUTIFUL DISASTER  by Jamie McGuire – Simon & Schuster – Atria Books
BARED TO YOU by Sylvia Day – Penguin Group
TAKING CHANCES by Molly McAdams – HarperCollins
DOWN TO YOU by M. Leighton – Penguin Group (Berkley)
EASY by Tammara Webber – Penguin Group
ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha YOUNG – Penguin Group
CRASH and CLASH by Nicole Williams – HarperCollins
LOVE UNSCRIPTED by Tina Reber – Simon & Schuster – Atria Books
THE VINCENT BROTHERS and THE VINCENT BOYS by Abbi Glines – Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse
ANYTHING HE WANTS by Sara Fawkes – St. Martin’s Press (serial)
THOUGHTLESS & EFFORTLESS by S.C. Stephens – Simon & Schuster – Gallery Books

Authors who said NO to NY. (Such a tiny list)

Ruth Cardello (writes contemporary Harlequin Present type books) turned down a 7 figure 3 book deal to continue to self-publish.


Did you purchase any of the above books when they were still self-published?