Self publishing and the future


I’ve subscribed to The Creative Penn a while back and find so many articles that pertain to writing as helpful and informative. The article on self publishing, with Steve Lewis from Taleist, I found very intriguing because it discusses possible changes we’ll see in 2012 in the self publishing market.

I feel self publishing will explode on the market, threatening the traditional publishing companies if they don’t keep up with the times. We’re already seeing authors turning to Amazon Kindle publishing, such as Deepok Chopra, which means publishing companies need to amp up the stakes.

As a writer, I find a strong appeal on making more profit, keeping my copyright, and offering my writing to the world wide web, as opposed to going through the process of submission and rejection of traditional publishing.

But traditional publishing validates you as a writer, as one of my fellow writers argued. Someone of substance approves your writing is good enough to print means you’re a real writer. I don’t really agree with this.

Most authors face a number of rejections, even the best sellers. Diary of Anne Frank was rejected 16 times. Harry Potter was rejected 8 times. A Time to Kill by John Grisham was rejected a dozen times.  This means someone along the submission line rejected this best selling book as not being worthy.

I prefer the idea that readers get to decide if my writing is good enough- not a book business. And  yes, you’ll find crap in the self-publish genre, but with many sites adopting a reviewing feature lets the cream rise to the top.

What are your thoughts on self publishing? A good thing? A bad thing? Does it have a future? Will you submit to publishing companies, or do you plan on self publishing?






5 Replies to “Self publishing and the future”

  1. You are preaching to the choir here. Check out what happened to Amanda Hocking. Those publishing companies came to her with their tails between their legs when she hit her millionth sale on Amazon Kindle. Go figure. There’s hope for all of us without that stupid glass ceiling of automated rejection notices from The Great Literary Agency On High telling us that we “are not marketable” or “not interested”. Pshaw!


  2. I totally agree with you. Have you heard of Amanda Hocking? She was rejected many, many times and decided to e-publish. Lo and behold, a few years later, she had developed an avid following and signed a $2 million contract with St. Martin’s Press. The best of both worlds! And the readers really were the ones who decided her books were worth reading in the first place!


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