For his next collection of short stories to be published, titledÂ With aÂ Little Help, author and blogger-extraordinaire Cory Doctorow will be running an experiment so that he can see whether his strategy of offering his work for free is working.
With prices to range from $0.00 to $10,000 for various packages, Doctorow is to track his financial progress and the progress of the experiment as a whole on his new column at Publishers Weekly.
This first column looks at how he will be making money (his marketing and publicity strategy will be covered soon, too):
- E-book: free, in a wide variety of formats
- Audiobook: free, in a wide variety of formats
- Donations: whatever happens
- Print-on-Demand trade paperback: $16 (approximately; price TBD)
- Premium hardcover edition: $250, limited run of 250 copies
- Commission a new story: $10,000 (one only)
- Advertisements: TBD
- Donations of books: TBD
That’s how the money is going to come in. To be honest, I have no ideaÂ how much money that will be ($10,000 has already come in, of course).Â But I do know what I’ll do about it. I’m going to disclose it, all ofÂ it, every month, in a running tally in a monthly column here inÂ Publishers Weekly. And incidentally, this article is grossing me all ofÂ $900, less my agent’s 15% commission, and the columns $400 hereafter. IÂ will then put this into an appendix, which will be added to new editionsÂ of the book and compared to the revenues from Overclocked. That’s asÂ close to an apples-to-apples comparison as I can come up with, but IÂ think it will speak well to the question: what’s the best a writer likeÂ me can do on his own, versus with a traditional publisher for whom heÂ does everything he can to aid in book sales?