Well if you have there isn’t a better time than now to get it published… and it couldn’t be easier!
Gone are the days when self-publishing was considered to be just for the vain. JK Rowling has proved this recently with her huge step into the independent authors market with her work soon to be self-published as eBooks. Has anyone else heard of Pottermore? Well if you haven’t I can assure you that you soon will!
As soon as JK did this she showed that even established writers now want a piece of the self-publishing pie. And why wouldn’t they? The returns are better, it’s incredibly easy and it costs almost nothing. As some self-published authors have hit number 1 in the Amazon/Kindle best sellers list with 35-70% returns, it’s become almost mind boggling what someone can achieve from their home office. So not only does it provide authors with a flexible and lucrative business, it also gives a more exciting range of books to the reader as it allows new authors through the door who, because of commercial reasons, may not have been picked up by publishers before.
So being an independent author not only has more credibility these days but it also puts them in the category of being an entrepreneur… and as long as what’s published is good enough, the returns can be great too.
So how did this all begin?
Well the magic started with eBooks, but it didn’t really reach the tipping point until the most popular electronic book readers were introduced. Now the Kindle, Nook, Sony reader, iPad *swoon*, iTouch and iPhone have been launched, the hunger for eBooks has REALLY taken off. They’ve even been blamed for the demise of many on-street bookstores, but haven’t we seen all this before with music moving from vinyl to CDs and then to digital files? Yes, we have. We are clearly in the middle of yet another consumer and technological evolution… and a VERY exciting time for writers.
The amazing thing about eBooks is readers can browse, download, read and review many different types of books while on their lunch break, riding the bus home, warming the baby milk, taking out the trash or cooking tea. They even come in handy when the kids are ill, they need a new bedtime book or the summer holidays are approaching. It’s become the modern way of helping kids read like bookworms while retaining their element of ‘cool’, all for cheaper than ever before after the initial investment in the reader.
This new crowd of eBook readers also actively seeks independent authors out because their writing is less traditional and much cheaper than the big names, allowing them to fill up their libraries for their annual holidays, lunch breaks, school trips or new ventures, for a fraction of the cost. Niche writers will also be able to release their books to an audience that may not have got the opportunity to read them before this digital new world. This type of writing may only sell a few thousand eBooks so publishers would never have taken them on before. Clearly this is going to open up the book choices for readers and make it easier for writers to instantly earn money for their craft with very little financial investment… just a bit of time, marketing, patience and skill. But don’t just take my word for it… ask JK Rowling!
To celebrate the summer holidays in the northern hemisphere Sarah is offering 50% off the Beach Potato eBook price. Just use the coupon FP52T at the Smashwords checkout to buy it for just $1.50, approx. £0.92, (usually retailing at $2.99, approx. £1.85), but this offer ends on 5 September 2011 so don’t hang about!
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