Self-published Kindle author gets contract with Simon & Schuster

cover_theark.jpgTechCrunch is reporting that self-published author Boyd Morrison, who uploaded book, The Ark, to the Kindle store, has contracted for a two book deal with S&S and will be published in hardcover in 2010.

According to a post on KindleBoards foreign rights to the books have also been acquired for over 75 countries. Morrison is quoted by KindleBoards:

“Thanks so much for everyone who has been so enthusiastic about my novels. I can honestly say that the readers on Kindleboards were a big factor in spreading the word and getting me noticed by my publisher.”

KindleBoards states that “As far as we know – and we track Kindle e-books pretty closely – this is the first time that an indie author has ‘made it’ with a bona fide New York book deal, after self-publishing his work on the Kindle Store.”

Thanks to Erin Biba for the heads up.

6 Comments on Self-published Kindle author gets contract with Simon & Schuster

  1. Septimus Severus // July 11, 2009 at 11:18 pm //

    The message above has already been posted to TeleRead as a comment on another posting. (Update: The comment cited in this post has now been deleted. This comment does not refer to “The Ark” by Boyd Morrison. See below for further clarification.)

    If you extract a phrase from the message above, i.e., “My taste is a bit rough but I enjoyed”, and perform a search you find multiple hits on a variety of blogs. Maybe it is inevitable that self-publishing and micro-publishing leads to promotion via blog spam. Is this the future of publishing and advertising? I can answer that question for you. But first you must read my book on the topic “Super-Success Through Ultra-Spamming!!!! How to Become Rich and Famous by Irritating Everyone!!!””

  2. Septimus, sorry about the spam. Zapped. Totally agree with your observations. David

  3. Sorry, guys, I don’t get what the truncated exchange above has to do with The Ark. Are you saying Boyd shamelessly spammed blogs promoting his own book, and as a result got his publishing deal?

    Are you saying the book doesn’t deserve to be published? Because, as someone who’s read Boyd’s book, I can say that it is as publishable as anything else out there (it’s not Lawrence of Arabia, but it’s highly entertaining and well-constructed). Good for Boyd!

    In an era where advertising and promotion are running headlong into blogs, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and whatever we’ll all be talking about next month, it’s not surprising that unconventional promotional tactics are getting more and more attention. But they don’t all have to be bad… even the over-used ones.

  4. Septimus Severus // July 12, 2009 at 9:26 am //

    Steve Jordan is confused by my comment above and that is understandable. The message I was referring to has been deleted. My comment does not refer to the book “The Ark” by Boyd Morrison. Below is an edited version of the comment that was deleted. The edited message removes book names, author names, and links:

    I just gotta say I love my kindle and the cheap books. My taste is a bit rough but I enjoyed (deleted book name) by (deleted author name). It can be a bit vulgar at times. Be warned. But it’s cheap. (deleted link) She is the bestselling author of (deleted author name). (another deleted link) 2 books for under 2 bucks. THe kindle will own publishing.

    This exact comment has been posted twice on TeleRead under two different names. Further, the post has been copied verbatim onto at least twenty different blogs.

    Is this someone sharing a heartfelt recommendation or is this someone flogging a book? Are these repeated messages a pernicious form of “blog spam” or are they an essential pathway for communication? Anyone providing a comment forum faces questions like this.

    TeleRead is clearly not hostile to genuine ebook recommendations, and it recently featured a post that highlighted the ebooks of authors who read the blog.

  5. Okay… I think I get it now.

    It can still be hard to distinguish between legitimate efforts to promote a product, and “blog spam.” In many ways, it’s similar to other e-mail campaigns where text is supplied for you, with an instruction to send to your Congressperson or Representative. Exactly what makes it “spam?” That’s pretty hard to pin down (And no, I don’t necessarily believe it’s like porn: “I know it when I see it.”)

  6. Steve, if you blog long enough, you WILL learn to know it when you see it. 😉

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