Book Reviews and Writing Tips

Book Reviews and Writing Tips

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Is Self Publishing Becoming Accepted?

The book world is always changing and I was excited to see one big name who has decided to go with those changes and try something new by self publishing her next book. I think this is a giant leap forward and perhaps in time will help all of us indies as the idea of a self published book becomes more mainstream.

I wanted to pass this article on to all of you. Joan Collins is working on her 29th book and has decided to self publish, although she still has a contract and good relationship with her publisher. I think she realizes we have more control over our work and our earnings as self published authors and that self publishing is becoming the way of the future, especially with the surging sales of ebooks.

I do admit that I agree with Ms. Collins in regards to holding a physical book and curling up in your reading chair, immersing yourself in the story, but times are changing and to succeed we all have to keep up with the changing marketplace.

This story intrigued me, so I did some investigating to see if there were any other big names out there that had self published or were considering it. Of course, as we all know, I found there were many authors who self published their books years ago and then became famous once their books were popular enough and they caught the eye of a big publishing house. We could all wait forever for that to happen because the big pubs want to know they have a sure thing. It’s time to take control and get your book out there for the masses to read.

Here are a few of the authors who self published books before getting picked up by big publishers and becoming household names: Beatrix Potter, Mark Twain, Edger Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, John Grisham, TS Elliott, David Thoreau, Amanda Hocking, Stephen King, Jennifer Colt, James Redfield, JA Konrath and Virginia Wolfe and this is only about half of the list.

It makes you wonder how many of these people would have gone unnoticed and never gotten a book deal if they hadn’t put their work out there. This is certainly something for all of us to think about, especially the ones sending out all those query letters only to be rejected over and over again. I believe that it is a myth that self publishing will mark your work as tainted in the eyes of the big publishers and you’ll never get that desired contract. In my opinion, this certainly isn’t true. You just have to have a good book. This means a great story that has a good edit, so get writing and never give up!

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Arlee Bird said...

Sometimes the best way to get something done is to do it yourself. Maybe someday doesn't do much for today.

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Sunni said...


You're right. Someday doesn't help us today and the only way to ever get anything done is to do it yourself.

But I think this is promising when an author who has a publishing contract has decided to self publish. It can't hurt things any and I think it may draw more attention to self publishing.