I touched on this a little in my earlier post about whether traditional publishers are still relevant. Just like in the world of video games and film, the big publishers still hold a lot of power despite a large influx of independent sources.
Despite being an indie author, I do appreciate the traditional route. It acts as a gatekeeper of sorts. Well, that’s how it is supposed to work in theory. Many fellow authors I’ve met don’t even want to bother attempting the traditional route. It is long and expensive just to get your book out there. Once it’s published there is no guarantee that it will sell, and if it fails to sell then the creative rights are tied up at the publisher.
Sure, there is more clout behind your name if you get a publishing contract through one of the top five. Whether that’s fair or not is another matter entirely, but that is the fact. Your book gets to be in a bookstore, but such places are struggling anymore. How often do people pick up a book from an unknown author and pay twenty dollars for a paperback? I would imagine not many.
The internet has changed the publishing arena so much. As internet infrastructure continues to improve so does self-publishing. I’m interested to see what the future brings in the world of publishing. Let me know what you would like to see happen. Would you like to see self-publishing take more prominence?