And Another Author Goes Rogue . . . this time on Youtube

This is author Joe Simpson. He’s the author of Touching the Void and now cofounder of DirectAuthors.com.

For those of you that don’t remember, Touching the Void first appeared 25 years ago. It’s the true story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates and their incredible survival of a mountaineering trip in the Peruvian Andes that went terribly wrong.

In a world filled with CGI adventures that happen in dystopian fantasy worlds, this is real adventure happening to real people in real time. It is stuffed with very human, actual, life-and-death decisions, that leave readers with long lingering “but what would I have done?” moments to ponder in the wee hours of the night.

Simpson is the author of several books but he recently got into a dust up with his publishers over (no surprise here) e-book royalties. He didn’t feel 25% was sufficient, so he’s going to publish the e-versions of a his works on his own, and to do that he’s created DirectAuthors.com.

Venturing out on one’s own is something a lot of authors, well-known and not, are choosing to do these days. We thought you’d find it interesting to hear from an well-known author, who has had a long-standing good relationship with a publishing house, state his reasons for deciding it was better to eBook on his own.

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