Friday, March 03, 2017
Writing: Is There A Shift Toward Self-Publication?
Authors may choose self-publication for a number of reasons. Some of them don't wish to give up a significant portion of the monetary return for their efforts in return for a publisher taking over all the responsibilities that go with publication of a novel. Some of them who would like publishers to give them a contract can't get one because the genre in which they write no longer sells...and publishing houses are a for-profit business. And that's where the industry is right now.
In case you haven't noticed, a number of publishers have chosen to discontinue their fiction lines over the past year or two. When a well-known publishing house did this a couple of years ago, life seemed to move forward for most people. It was like the comic definition of shame vs. catastrophe: When an earthquake ravages a foreign land, we think "What a shame." When we get a splinter in our finger and can't get it out, that's a catastrophe. This change in publishing might have caused a bit of concern, but it wasn't a catastrophe...except for the writers affected by the change (and their readers).
That movement away from published Christian fiction has gained a lot of traction, and it's time to ask you, the readers, this question: Does it make any difference to you whether the novel you read comes from an established publishing company or is self-published? There might have been a time when some self-published work was filled with typos and covers were less than optimum. But in the past year, writers have begun to employ professional editors and designers. They've learned to pay attention to proof-reading. Does it show? Can you even tell nowadays when a book is self-published? And do you care?
Leave your opinions in the comments section. I'm anxious to read them. And, by the way, I've self-published a novella, Doctor's Dilemma, which releases a week from Monday. If you have a Kindle, you can get it for a pre-publication price of 99 cents.
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