Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In With the New and Out With the Old

We hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful and prosperous new year. As we progress through January, we look back on last year and on years past without regret. We have had some wonderful times, have met some of the best people in the world and had a chance to interact with fantastic and talented authors, some of whom became our clients. We have no regrets about the decision we've made to try this new adventure and hopefully have the same successes we've had as agents with Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency.

For those who are not yet aware of our decision, it goes something like this: We're trying our hand at electronic publishing. We established a print publishing company a few years ago and had success with it. Right about that time Wylie-Merrick also began to prosper, so we put the publishing house on hiatus and concentrated all of our efforts on running the agency. However, we have always had the itch to publish novels. Our new imprint is Ampichellis Ebooks, which falls under the publishing umbrella of Martin Brown Publishers, LLC, an established, Indiana based, corporation.

We have notified all of our clients as to our intentions and the fact that, past January 1, 2011, that our focus will be on publishing electronic novels. We are doing this to avoid any possible conflicts of interest.

We will officially launch sometime in February. The date is not set in stone as we would like to have our online bookstore open prior to our launch. We have been busy, mainly acquiring and getting a few novels published so that when we do open our Internet bookstore's doors, we won't have empty bookstore shelves. At present, we have five novels available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In the near future, our novels will also be available on the Kobo reader. Kobo opens the door to an international reading audience and we and our authors are very honored and excited about this.

For those who don't own a Kindle or Nook, readers can also download software that will give them access to hundreds of thousands of books from the comfort of their living rooms at Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. There is also software available that will allow reading on MACs, cell phones, and many mobile devices.

As for this blog, we would like to keep it active and begin transitioning over totally to blogging about our experiences with electronic books. We would love for those who have followed our rants over the years to stay with us during this new and exciting process. We will definitely try not to be dull and stodgy.

2 comments:

Leander Jackie Grogan said...

Umm. First of all congratulations! I read it twice but didn't quite get whether you are transforming existing client print books into ebooks, or in search of new ebook material from non-client sources.

Leander Jackie Grogan
www.groganbooks.com

Wylie Merrick Literary said...

Thank you for commenting and your congratulations on our transition into electronic publication.
To answer your questions, we have notified all our clients that we are no longer active literary agents seeking clients. I'm sort of confused by your question, but it sounds like you are asking if we are planning to publish our client's back-list, similar to what Andrew Wylie threatened, while still an agent. This is not the case. We are open to authors who have interest in publishing their works electronically, be they ex-clients or non-clients. Anyone interested should query us following our guidelines posted at http://www.ampichellis.com/submissions. Thanks again for your comments.

Robert