Self-published author Aubrey Rose wrote an essay on her blog, explaining why she decided not to work with Amazon Publishing’s Montlake Romance imprint.
The advance they offered was less than I had made in my first month of sales. As I looked through the Montlake catalogue, I saw a mix of breakout hits and complete flops, with some recent books that just had the worst covers imaginable for romance. And I would have to pull my book from every publisher except Amazon. It was hard for me to say no. Ever since I was a little girl I’d dreamed about being a ‘published author.‘ However, I needed to make the best decision for my book and for my fans.
On reddit, the author shared more details about the potential deal with Amazon Publishing.
They offered $5k, with 35% royalties … The one really nice thing about this was that I was able to get in contact with an agent from the Knight Agency, and she gave me some good, honest advice about what I could expect if I shopped the book around. Also she read a few chapters of my book and liked it, and said I could send her the next one I wrote (new adult is apparently a hard genre to shop around to trad publishers unless you have a ton of sales already, since it’s such a new category).