On self-publishing

So, I have two articles here, one from a magazine that looks to be for self-published authors called “Do Traditional Publishers Hate Self-Published Authors?” and one on Mashable talking about self-published authors who actually make a living from their work.

There’s a guy I know here who is self-published, mostly through Amazon these days. He writes military scifi and has built himself enough of an empire to live off his royalties from Kindle. More power to him. We chatted recently and when he asked what I was working on and I told him a fantasy novel, he perked up. “How long is it and how long has it taken you?” he asked. At the time I said, “150 pages so far an I’ve been at it for two months.” I was frankly pretty proud of the turn around time. “Hey, that’s decent. I write one every three months.” I said, “Excuse me? A whole book?” He said, “Yeah, and that’s slow. If I wanted to really work the algorithms, I should really do one a month.”

Well, my friends, I can tell you that I left that conversation with a lot to think about. The worth of art versus dollars being foremost among them.

If you google the words “self-publishing stigma,” you’ll find enough material to fill a book.

The search results for this phrase are packed with articles and blogs, many of which pose similar questions: Where does the stigma around self-published fiction come from? Is it justified? And as the years roll by, is it finally starting to fade?

While questions over writers’ and publishers’ attitudes to this type of fiction may be up for discussion, though, one thing seems pretty clear: A whole lot of people read self-published books.

And a whole lot of writers are making money from selling them.

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