About

Hi everyone!

My name is Mari Mancusi and I’ve been a legacy author since 2005 when my first book, a romantic comedy/time travel called “A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court” was published by Dorchester Publishing. Since then I’ve written sixteen books for adults and teens for Dorchester, Berkley, and Dutton Children’s.

Last year, my original publisher started undergoing some financial troubles and announced that they couldn’t pay their authors the royalties owed. Talk about depressing! Knowing I earned money from my books–but would probably never be paid. I now realize it was a sign of the times and the demise of the mass market paperback.

My agent worked hard and was able to secure the rights back for all my backlist titles from the company. And I decided to start the process of putting them all online! After all, if the company wasn’t going to pay me, I needed to find a way to get paid myself.

With this blog, I plan to document my journey from legacy to e-publishing. From print to pixels. Starting with my backlist and eventually creating digital first works for my readers. In addition to telling my story, this blog will be a place to post industry news, promote other authors’ e-works, and include guest blogs from industry professionals.

I truly believe e-publishing has a bright and beautiful future and I’m excited to become a part of it! I hope you will join me on my journey.

 

 

3 responses to “About

  1. publish4profit

    I don’t honestly think that bookshops and traditional print will die out completely, but I think it is inevitable that they will decline in numbers during the digital age. I e-publish myself and I like my iPad and Kindle but nothing beats a good, thick, heavy hardback book! Holding this flimsy plastic gadget doesn’t even come close, not to mention eye strain looking at a digital screen for prolonged periods.
    That said, e-publishing is a quick route to getting your work out there, but I think the problem is that there are a lot of poorly written e-books out there. I think the trouble is that people write their piece but they don’t get it proof read. I have seen books where spelling mistakes were rife and sometimes spell checkers won’t pick this up – I have just written an e-book on bread baking where I had a sentence talking about salt content, but it actually read “salt contend!” The spell checker missed this because there were effectively no typos. I am lucky to have a wife who is a brilliant proofreader and she never holds back on the “constructive” criticism!
    However, I do believe that e-publishing has a great future and I for one am glad to be involved.

    • Mari Mancusi

      I definitely agree with you. People are often too much in a hurry to get published and get paid and the quality of their work ends up leaving much to be desired. But I think as time moves on there will be more review sites and such that will separate the wheat from the chaft and good, well-edited, carefully crafted and interesting books will rise to the top. It’s a wild, wild west out there at the moment, though. Luckily, with the low price points, it’s not such a big deal if you accidentally purchase a lemon. Whereas if I’m going to spend $19.99 on a hardcover, it better be good! 🙂

      I also agree there will always be a place for print books. But they’ll probably become more like collector’s items. You read a book digitally and really love it. You want a copy for your bookshelf so you go out and purchase a high quality collector’s edition. I think cheaply produced mass-market books will end up being the ones that are sacrificed to the digital revolution.

  2. publish4profit

    You are probably right about books becoming a niche item, and I have to say I can’t remember the last time I bought a paperback book. I always spend a bit more for the hardback. As digital libraries become increasingly populated, paperbacks will decline. Sad but true.

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