It’s the hot new thing, though the popularity seems to be waning a bit since the newness of mass indie publishing has worn off. When Amazon created an environment specific for indie authors to mass publish, I admit, I scoffed at the idea of it. All my life I’d read that self-publishing was “vanity publishing”, something that writer’s who weren’t good enough to get published at the big publishing used just to say that they had published a book. I didn’t believe that money could be made from it, and I didn’t think it would be any different. I didn’t see how it could be done and I, to my detriment, didn’t read anything more about it.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There are two authors, at the very least, I know of who have been very successful in their endeavors of becoming published authors, with the help of amazon.com. One of them is Amanda Hocking, a girl in her late twenties who found enormous success at a time when Paranormal Romance was hot back in the late 2010 with her My Blood Approves vampire series. She has since made millions writing, her stories and even got signed to Simon & Schuster in what I believe is a four book deal.
Although a lot of people wanted to emulate her success, I admit, I was turned off a bit by her writing. It wasn’t polished or perfect, it was similar to the novels that caused the resurgence of that particular genre (Twilight), and I never was a huge fan of them, but I could understand the appeal.
It was until, for me, that I read the first book of the Silo Series, Wool, by Hugh Howey that the idea of self-publishing began to percolate in my mind. My thought process was, if someone as good of writer as him could self-publish and knock the idea of traditional publishing, why couldn’t I do it? After a few personal tragedies struck, I knew that I had to get started, and this time, I wasn’t going to let me get in the way of myself.
I want to conclude this little essay by saying this, there are always ways of working, whether it just be bits at a time during free time, studying your craft in order to give your stories that extra ‘kick’, and even just writing and flat out failing at it, or rather, feel as though you’re failing at it. Writing is subjective and there are many different audiences for many different things, it’s just a matter of finding that particular audience and sustaining it throughout what all of us hope to be a successful career.