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Independent Publishing: The Smart Choice

It’s amazing how far self-publishing has come in the past 12 months.

Last year, authors made excuses for going the indie route. They were defensive.

Over the past several months (since the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon took hold) for many authors it’s a deliberate choice.

As this article, The Six Kinds of Indie Published Books | Digital Book Today points out, there’s a group of authors who’ve decided against the traditional publishing route, even though they could get contracts. This kind of self-published book is part of a group of:

“Mainstream books by skilled authors who have decided against the traditional route – These books are similar to books produced by major publishers. They fit the genre and the fashion of the day and are professionally produced. The author has simply chosen Indie publishing because it suits them to take control of their own work.”

It makes sense. Why wait a year for your book to arrive on bookstore shelves?

Publishing is moving so quickly, that no one’s sure what will happen 12 months from now.

For some authors, self-publishing is the smart choice. They understand publishing, and what readers are looking for. So they’re self-publishing. And they’re not in the least defensive about it. 🙂

Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: Don’t Panic

Oh dear. Panic abounds on indie authors’ forums and blogs.

Don’t panic, dear author. Amazon isn’t taking the bread out of your mouth… Kindle owners can only borrow ONE book a month, so who cares?

You shouldn’t.

I heartily second this blog post. Scott Nicholson:

“Every single move Amazon has made resulted in MORE money for all participating writers, MORE ebooks for all readers, and MORE opportunity instead of a monopoly (if you follow me at all, you know I’m a contrarian and I see huge, huge opportunity in the other markets now, which of course will have to do something to counter Amazon’s big move.)”

No one is twisting any author’s arm to take part, are they? And as Scott says, without Amazon, indie authors would be using manuscript pages for origami.

Amazon’s just giving authors more opportunity. If you’re not interested, don’t take part.