JA Konrath has put his books on the Kindle. And quite a bit later than Joe, so did I.. Joe seems to be making an insane amount of money. I'm making somewhere between $50 and $200 a month.
JA Konrath has a blog called A Newbie's Guide to Publishing that I would guess gets thousands and thousands of hits a day. And I have this blog, which maybe gets a thousand.
JA Konrath knows how to promote. I remember one summer he got in his car and did something like 50 bookstore visits in 50 days. I've never gone as far as Joe, literally or figuratively.
And now JA Konrath has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon - one that puts his new book out on just the Kindle at first, followed by a paper edition - that is generating tons of commentary.
Over on The Huffington Post, writer Jason Pinter looked at Joe’s new deal with Amazon and says, “I wonder, with the incredible ease in which authors can now publish their rejected manuscripts online, whether fewer authors are going to take the time to hone their craft, get good at what they do, and achieve their full potential. Will new technology stifle budding talent?”Read more of Pinter's thoughts here.
And Publishers Weekly weighed in, but the tone was harsh - "So Konrath essentially took a book no one wanted and instead of fully self-publishing it, signed with Amazon-Encore," and, as Joe pointed out, the PW piece contained some errors, including comparing hardcover and paperback sales. [Kind of surprised when I go there I don't see that corrected.]
So is Joe the wave of the future, or, as he has been his whole writing career, kind of unique to himself?
I honestly don't know.