Fiction Writers Who Are Prepared To Self-Publish AND Self-Market: Get Moving!
If you’re an aspiring novelist, please read and consider the following posts.
AS OF JANUARY 2011, THINGS ARE NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS OR BOOKSTORES
CURRENTLY AT AMAZON.COM, GENRE EBOOKS BY UNCONNECTED NOVELISTS ARE SELLING AS WELL AS WORKS BY ESTABLISHED, TRADITIONALLY-PUBLISHED AUTHORS
See the following posts over at J.A. Konrath’s blog (A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing). He’s changed his mind from his earlier position, and is now strongly in favor of self-publishing. One way to see these posts is to simply read the posts from his blog from December 27, 2010 through January 7, 2011. Here are the separate links:
- A Bedtime Story.
- You Should Self-Publish.
- Guest Post by L.J. Sellers.
- A Response To Richard Curtis.
- Guest Post By Robin Sullivan.
Your mileage may vary, but all aspiring genre fiction writers should look into this! In the past, I was strongly against fiction writers self-publishing if they hadn’t already gotten some form of recognition from the traditional publishing industry. This was due to the stigma against self-published books within the industry.
However, after the past year, the traditional publishing industry currently appears to be on its knees. And at the same time, totally unconnected newbies are selling quite well in the genre ebook niches on Amazon.com. So, the equation has changed. The stigma still exists, but depending on one’s goals as a writer, it might not matter anymore. In any event, one resource you might want to check out is Are You Still Submitting Your Work To a Traditional Publisher?