Indie Publishing – The Way Authors are Trending
Back in the day Indie (Self) Publishing was considered the realm of the desperate
…the final act of a drowning writer…. on rare occasions… like akin to the chance of a meteor dropping through the roof of your house… a self published book would catch fire and a traditional publisher would swoop, buy up the rights, give the author a chunk of change, and keep most of the profits for themselves.
Publishers have always held the key to getting a book Into Bookstores.
For authors … Traditional Publishing was very much like the Forbidden City surrounded by impregnable walls.
There was no real hope for those who wanted to write for a living…especially for the author of fiction. Most writers suffered through years of rejection….very few ever made it past those walls. So many authors went to their graves leaving behind boxes of manuscripts and shattered dreams.
How times have changed..
Recently it was reported that EL James author of Fifty Shades of Grey … is the highest earning author in history…. the series has sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with book rights having been sold in 37 countries, and set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time… and a film adaptation is currently in the works with a release scheduled for August 2014. Fifty Shades of Grey started life as a self-published book.
This book is proof that Indie Publishing is here to stay and needs to be taken seriously.
With the explosion of Indie Publishing there is no doubt that Traditional publishing is facing huge challenges… and while I doubt that paper books will disappear anytime soon, there is no doubt the market for these books is shrinking and will continue to shrink as the current generation…. schooled and raised on use of tablets and ereaders … enter the book buying market.
But to me, it seems that the biggest challenge to traditional publishing is the closing down of Bookstores…. this decline is already well established… and as readers become more and more wedded to their eReaders… this trend is set to continue.
While I’m sure I will never reach the dizzy heights of E L James, I am really enjoying the flexibility and the choice of having so many avenues to print and market my books… a choice that comes with the very enjoyable bonus…. money being paid into my account at the end of every month. . . to me this is the culmination of a dream…
One question that intrigues me… and one that I feel is not being addressed is this….without bookstores where will Traditional Publishers sell their books? On line through Amazon?
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Published on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013, under Latest News