Dia de los Muertos, a modern noir novel by Kent Harrington, comes out in eBook format today through Amazon’s Kindle store. The release comes out of a new deal between the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency and Amazon called Get-Back Editions, which launched last month with the release of Harrington’s Satellite Circus as an eBook.
Under the terms of the deal, the Spitzer agency is distributing eBooks non-exclusively through Amazon’s digital text platform. The partnership came out of a meeting at BEA earlier this summer, said Lukas Ortiz, an agent at the Spitzer Literary Agency.
Ortiz said that the idea is to help build a platform for their authors and expand readership of backlist titles. “We are engaged with Amazon because the deals are non-exclusive, we would only do it this way,” said Ortiz. “What Andrew Wylie is doing is a disservice to the author and to the audience because it gives Amazon too much power.”
While Ortiz would not confirm the royalties, he said, “The terms are favorable to the author. The deal is better than the announced terms that Andrew Wylie and Amazon agreed to.” The Author’s Guild speculated that Amazon is paying Wylie Agency’s Odyssey Editions 60 to 63 percent of the retail price of the book.
Ortiz expects more agencies to make similar eBook deals with Amazon. And he expects other retailers to offer similar eBook deals. “We are waiting for B&N to step up to the plate and compete with Amazon a far as this format is concerned,” he said.