News that David Mamet, the Pulitzer winning playwright and author, is jumping onto the self-publishing bandwagon will be welcomed by us self-publishing authors.
After all it is is a re-affirmation of our business model isn’t it?
Aha, but if you read the fine print behind Mr Mamet’s decision, or read the fine print of what’s available in the public domain, you wonder.
Self publishing, at least the way I define it, is where I as the author control everything from the conception of my book to to its editing, promoting,pricing, everything, and I use Amazon or any of those platforms for distribution. I commission editors, proof readers, cover designers, but I am in charge. The most important part for me in self publishing, at this stage in my writing career is this: I HAVE NO AGENT and NO PUBLISHING HOUSE.
If I read Mr Mamet’s deal with ICM, his agency, all it seems to mean is that his agency is handing over more control to Mr Mamet in the way his book is promoted.
So is this self publishing or good negotiation? Maybe I am a cynic, but to me it all reads like an established author making use of market dynamics to negotiate a better deal.
Can I blame him though? Would I do any different if I was in his position?