Earlier this week, author Tony Horwitz wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about his experience with troubled ebook publisher, Byliner.

In the column, Horwitz reveals that his “top rated seller” ebook actually only sold 800 copies in its first month, sales only now having “inched into four figures”. With a meager $2000 advance against royalties, and a $2.99 cover price (on which Byliner splits net revenue with authors), the book is far from a financial success for Horwitz. He also complains about that the publicist assigned to the book by Byliner was lousy, meaning he had to book himself onto radio shows and other promotional appearances. Also the company was unable to arrange bulk orders of books for distribution during speaking gigs.

For the past few days, Horwitz column has been tweeted and retweetedblogged and reblogged, as evidence that authors are being screwed by Byliner in particular, and ebpublishers in general.

Now…

Three years ago, I published a short book through Byliner, detailing my recovery from alcoholism. I certainly had gripes of my own the (then fledgling) company. The commissioning editor originally offered me a $5k advance before suddenly dropping it to $3k as we were about to sign the contract.…

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