So what it comes down to, in my opinion, is help. It sounds like she wants help. A year ago she was a normal, unheard-of writer (sound familiar?). Now she is, as she says, a corporation. So she's turned to traditional publishing because of what they can offer -- publicity help, marketing, sales, etc.
This is my interpretation of what this all means: She got a $2 million deal BECAUSE of e-books. Remember that she had been repeatedly turned down by agents and publishers before. She took her writing straight to the masses, and the masses spoke, and the traditional publishers listened.
She went on to say she did not want to be the "poster child" for the ebook movement and that she will continue to self-publish, including a new book in April or May.
Here's a recap of her story. In January she sold more than 450,000 ebooks.
She published her first book, My Blood Approves, to the Kindle Store in April 2010, not even a year ago, according to her blog. A week later, she made the sequel available too. Here is what happened next:
- In April 2010, she sold 45 ebooks in two weeks by word of mouth.
- In May 2010, she sold 624 ebooks and made $362.
- In June 2010, she sold 4,258 ebooks and made $3,180.
- In July 2010, she sold 3,532 books and made $6,527.
And thanks to author Linda Bethers for tipping me off to this news!