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The Red Walker
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Posted - 02 Mar 2022 :  17:27:16  Show Profile Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Have you guys heard what Brandon Sanderson did yesterday? An unprecedented Kickstarter campaign.

Four Uncontracted novels written during the pandemic. 3 are set in his cosmere which have been published by the big publishers , yet hes able to self publish these 3 novel plus an unrelated novel.

Could Ed do this? Or does wotc or who ever, have anything he writes FR on complete lockdown?

Last I checked, Sanderson has pledges over $15,000,000 in the first day. I mean hes now whenever he delivers his last contracted novel, well and truly free of publishers and is now financially independent.

It will be interesting to see if another big name author goes this route soon.

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Edited by - The Red Walker on 02 Mar 2022 17:28:00

Kentinal
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Posted - 02 Mar 2022 :  17:36:47  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well ED sold FR so he would need permission to publish FR. He however could do other novels in that way if he so desired.

He has written some non FR materials ( Band of Four Series, Falconfar Series and others)

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HighOne
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Posted - 02 Mar 2022 :  20:42:52  Show Profile Send HighOne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I believe Kentinal is correct in stating that Ed would need WotC's permission to publish an FR novel. But I'm not sure it's even worth discussing without knowing whether Ed wants to publish another FR novel.
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George Krashos
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Posted - 03 Mar 2022 :  11:18:23  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm sure Ed would want to - but I know that without the sales clout of Salvatore, the ability to cut a deal where WotC makes an amount off its licensing fee that it is happy to live with, the third party publisher makes money and the author gets some as well, the chances are very remote.

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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 07 Mar 2022 :  01:00:47  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message  Reply with Quote
They should at least make ebook novels available and print on demand. That costs nothing.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 07 Mar 2022 :  04:07:44  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

They should at least make ebook novels available and print on demand. That costs nothing.



There's still the initial cost of getting it ready for publication and then setting up the distribution. Getting it ready for publication would have a comparable cost to preparing a printed novel; it's the distribution where the cost difference would show.

On the distribution side, there's still an upfront cost of setting up the storefront and having the backend servers and bandwidth to support it; these are not trivial costs. Once those things are in place, it's practically free to toss more prepped ebooks out there, but the initial costs are going to remain.

So it's not free, but with a large enough novel catalog, it'll pay for itself in a short amount of time.

It wouldn't be free to flip the older novels to ebook, either. They've still got to prep the files as ebooks, and I'm sure some of those early novels never existed electronically -- or if they did, they're on forgotten floppy disks, in formats not readable by any software made in the last 10 years. So there would still be a cost with just getting the words themselves into an ebook; they'd likely have to get new art, as well.

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Edited by - Wooly Rupert on 07 Mar 2022 04:08:33
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redking
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Posted - 07 Apr 2022 :  10:16:46  Show Profile Send redking a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sanderson just brought in 41 million dollars. No one will be doing what he has done for a while.
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