She cited concerns of her lack of control over such items as the cover. Rose’s erotic romance story focuses on BBW - Big Beautiful Women - and she did not want a thin girl on the cover.
Money and exclusitivity were the other deciding factors. From The Guardian:
“Rose was offered $5k, with 35% royalties, a post by the author on Reddit confirmed . But that turned out to be "less than I had made in my first month of sales", Rose wrote on her blog.
“She added that Amazon "couldn't guarantee anything – from cover image to pricing to marketing … ‘As I looked through the Montlake catalogue, I saw a mix of breakout hits and complete flops … And I would have to pull my book from every publisher except Amazon.’”
I’ve always been leery of exclusitivity on Amazon and wouldn’t want to take a pay cut either.
Several of you are self-published - would you have signed the contract?
POST to my announcement of adding stock photos to the list of services I offer. I will continue to add more photos to my site over the coming months, so check back.
Today I leave you with some silly inspiration:
"A little help please? I think I'm stuck."