Last week I posted about bad grammar in self-publishing. I think having better edited books is a topic that both readers and authors care about, but what about being able to find the best Ebooks in a sea of MILLIONS of titles out there on Amazon, B&N, and other sites? Yes, MILLIONS. How do readers know which books are well-written and not just put up there by random people who can’t write and think self-publishing is an entrepreneurial opportunity?
Maybe the answer is for authors who really can write, and who are already in the publishing industry, to get in on the game. In yesterday’s post, Bad Grammar in Self-Publishing: Please Stop, I made a remark that I would probably never publish an Indie title of my own. That same day my agent, Chip MacGregor, posted this on his blog: Author Earnings, Amazon, and the Future of Ebooks. You authors and business-types out there will find what Chip has to say fascinating.
After reading his take on things, maybe being a “hybrid” author is not a terrible idea if published authors cover all their bases before releasing an indie Ebook, and if they work with their literary agent to insure their Indie book’s release is well-edited and supports their publishing career goals. For those self-publishing as debut novelists without an agent, I think it will be even harder. Hopefully those authors will start to see the importance of editing and marketing before they throw something up on Amazon. After all, what if it really is a great novel? It would be terrible for it to be lost in the sea of Millions.
So, as readers, what to do you all think about your favorite novelists getting into indie publishing where their books would continue to be available to you in bookstores, but also have a few things that come directly from the author and not a publisher, such as an indie Ebook?
Tina Ann Forkner is a novelist, blogger, substitute teacher, and mom who lives with her husband in windy Wyoming.