I haven’t read Wool yet but it’s on my list since I’ve been hearing such great things. However, this article about the publishing deal that the author has made is very interesting. Basically, Hugh Howey wanted to give a publisher the print rights, but not the electronic rights.
The problem was that publishers were willing to pay a lot of money to take all of my rights forever, but nobody wanted to do a print-only deal. Even major publishers (especially major publishers) could see in their balance sheets where the industry was heading. But there will always be a place for bookstores and great print editions, and I wanted to form that partnership without giving up a known living wage for an unknown jackpot. I just don’t have that ability to gamble (I never have).
Read the full story on The Huffington Post.