Sunday, June 26, 2011
Writing... Um... what's the end result?
In the olden days (read three years ago), you shopped this manuscript around to agents and publishers and crossed your fingers that it sold. If it didn't... um... #crap That manuscript was dead in the water. You might as well stash it in a drawer, weep softly then start writing the next one (whose fate more than likely would be the same).
Oh sure, you could VANITY PRESS. But, um, with a name like that and the stigma attached to it, who wanted to do that?
Then the digital revolution happened. Amazon.com opened wide its 'doors,' inviting anyone to publish.
At the same time readers began flocking to digital books and avoiding the traditional brick and mortar stores (hence why Borders is practically out of business and Barnes and Noble is being sold).
The shift in the publishing world cannot be overstated.
And the biggest beneficiary. beyond the reader who know can shop from the comfort of their living room and start reading within moments of purchase? The indie author.
Me. You. All of us.
Now I know there are a lot of stiff backs right now and hackles up, and sure last year we could have argued the merit of self-publishing, but now? Now that the houses are clamping down on purchasing ANY books by new authors? Now self-publishing is nearly your only option.
The Big 6 and every small publishers is hemorrhaging right now. Privately they talk about "catastrophic" declines in sales.
There has never been a worse time to try and sell a book. And try to get a house to fork out any advertising money? Darlin', they just don't have it.
So indie it is... or... you know... store your manuscript's file on your harddrive and start writing the next one.
Luckily many have gone before us though and shown the way and I have had a pretty good run of sales the last year (far better than the VAST majority of published (even mid-list authors) I know ($20,000 and counting this year so far).
And this week the book I wrote with my fellow Indie Book Collective's Co-founders, Amber Scott and Rachel Thompson...
"Dollars & Sense: The Definitive Guide to Self-Publishing" is launching.
"Dollars & Sense" can take the indie publishing neo-phyte from manuscript to publication, using a step-by-step method. The book walks you through making sure your work is in publishable shape, to formatting, to learning social media, to how to potentate your book sales.
And the best part? Thru June 29th it is just 99 cents! Crazy right? A total blue-print for indie publishing success for less than a buck!
So if you have any hopes and dreams about publishing (even if you go traditional publishing, you are going to need to know all this info since your house EXPECTS you to know how to use social media etc to gain name recognition), hop on over to Amazon and pick up your copy! #now #Imeanit :-)