April 1, 2011
The anthology I organized and edited, DEADLY BY THE DOZEN, has been "in print" now for about 5 weeks, maybe 6. Today marked the day that I did that most important of publisher duties, doled out the checks and payments. I won't discuss details here except to say nobody got rich and I feel like they were, Joe Konrath and Amanda Hocking notwithstanding, fairly typical sales of an e-book.
One of the interesting aspects of e-book sales, at least at this point in time, is how they seem to continue to sell or even grow in sales. That tends to be quite different than a typical paper book, which typically sells well (if at all) in the first couple weeks, then dribbles off to nothing, then is pulled from the shelves and pulped, never to be heard from again.
Barring Armageddon or some new paradigm of publishing (always a possibility), DEADLY BY THE DOZEN, will remain on sale forever in a variety of formats. Forever would seem to be a very long time.
But, as the title of today's post suggests, I just want to point out that this was, for me, an interesting project and very satisfying and enjoyable in its own way. I got to focus on the art of things, on a sort of strange collaborative process, directing an anthology to publication. I was so pleased with the content and the creativity of everyone involved and satisfied, as I said, in an unexpected way. If you haven't picked this up, I hope you'll check it out. Lots of cool stuff there.