Warren Adler, who has published 27 novels including The War of the Roses, is e-mailing his latest novel, Death of a Washington Madame free, on demand. The novel will be published as a trade print on demand paperback and an e-book in September.
For someone like Adler, with an established track record and a fan base, e-publishing makes sense. Most new novelists still go down the traditional route, which Adler himself advocates in an interview in the New York Times. Publicity and promotion, as ever, is key, but Adler recommends getting help.
Your friends can hold book parties as easily as Tupperware parties,
I’m still wary about e-publishing, not just because for an unpublished novelist it carries the stigma of the vanity press, but because it’s not really about getting it printed – the key is getting the novel sold.
Simply adding a paypal link and an e-book jacket to your website won’t do that.