Wednesday, October 5
Would I? Should I? Could I? A Questioner's Thoughts on Self-Publishing
The online world changed that. When once there were only local writer's groups - if we were lucky! - to share our stories with, now there are a multitude of online groups, blogs, social media...and the list goes on. Still, when something good happens - and even more, something bad - we want to reach out. To talk to someone who understands, to get advice on how to bounce back from defeat.
This year, even our online world changed...because, although they'd been out for a while, e-readers have become quite common. And a lot of people we know decided it was time to stop waiting for Someone Important to notice them and take the bull by the horn. The success stories are staggering: Amanda Hocking is a millionaire after a little over a year of self-publishing...and she got a traditional contract to boot. JA Konrath has sold millions of books, Bob Mayer...the list goes on. But the list of self-published authors who haven't taken the world by storm? That list is even longer - because, as Christi and D'Ann have already pointed out - there is a lot of dreck in the world. Not all of it is self-pub, which sometimes makes the self-pub realm look really, really lucrative - because if X Self-Pub Author published and I'm much better than that then I'll make a killing, right?
I don't know the answer, but I'm studying the self-pub marketplace and one of the best blogs I've found is by Bob Mayer - he doesn't sugar-coat, he offers good advice. His biggest word of caution? Don't have only one book - have a backlist ready - whether series or not - because if a reader likes you, they won't want to wait months and months and months to read your next book.
What good advice have you heard - good or bad - about self-publishing?