As many of you know, we have a book club here at Dystel and Goderich Literary Management. Every month or so, we pick a category (of fiction usually) and each of us selects a different title in that category to read. On the designated day, we meet after work and each of us presents our evaluation of the book: first, we pitch it as if it were something we were representing, then we describe what we really thought and, finally, we talk about how the book sold, its reviews, awards it was nominated for or won, and anything else we can find out by bugging the editor who worked on it. In this way, over the years, we have all learned a lot about these categories and what is currently going on in our business.
This month we are doing something different—each of us is reading one of the top 100 bestselling e-novels from the kindle store. We are curious about whether these books differ from those sold to traditional publishers and, if so, how.
More and more these days, books are being sold electronically. There are now e-book bestseller lists in The New York Times and some of these titles are exclusive e-books—not published traditionally in any format. We are trying to learn more about this phenomenon for our existing clients and maybe identify future clients as well. It is a whole new era in the world of publishing, and we are going to be very much a part of it.
Are any of you published exclusively online and, if so, what has your experience been?