Is Self-Publishing the Future?

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?

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  1. I want to see the self-publishing trend expand, because it can easily be used to promote local activity in home markets. Example: Instead of going “trad” and letting a corporate publisher print my books in China, I choose to remain indie, and offer print versions from local POD (print on demand) outlets!

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    1. Local POD outlets is a factor I didn’t think of. I like that approach to publishing! I would like to see self-publishing grow too, and I think it will. It’s already bigger than it was ten years ago.

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  2. Great post, R.Michael. I have recently self-published through Feedaread. I was sceptical about self-publishing at first, mainly because of concerns over the likely quality of the book. I quickly realised that wasn’t the issue. The final product, at least externally, is amazing, and certainly wouldn’t look out of place on any bookstore shelf. The process was simple and cost virtually nothing. The issue for me was that I decided I could do it ALL myself. I did, but it took far longer to edit and proof read, than I ever could have imagined. I will do it again, but next time I’ll pay for an editor (unless I can find one to marry — and the current wife may not approve of that!)

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    1. Haha! Well I’m blessed to be married to a qualified editor. Self-publishing has many pros and cons, but frankly it is nearly impossible to break into traditional publishing and if you do, you will be responsible for much of the marketing anyway. (Depending on the contract of course.) I’m glad you liked the post. Thank you for reading!

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