Author Turns Down $500,000 to opt for self publishing

Barry Eisler turned down a large deal to go on his own with ebook publishing.

Six-figure publishing contracts are the stuff most writers dream of, but for Barry Eisler, publishing his work online had even more allure. The bestselling thriller author and former CIA agent turned down a “half a mil” publishing contract for two books, opting to release his work as e-books on Amazon and other e-publishing platforms. Though Eisler is opposed to the onerous DRM that traditional publishers impose on the books in their stables, he says his decision was motivated by economic realities rather than highfalutin principles. When he was sitting at the table with his family and trying to figure out the terms of his next deal, his eleven-year-old daughter asked why he didn’t just self-publish — and he realized that she had a point.

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