Monday, June 18, 2012

Markets in Everything: Direct Publishing

From the post "How Amazon Saved My Life" by author Jessica Park on the Indie Reader blog:

"I spent months thinking that I needed a big publisher in order to be a writer, to legitimately carry that “author” title. To validate me, and to validate my book Flat-Out Love. I needed a publisher to print my books and stick a silly publishing house emblem on the side of a hard copy. They were the only way to give my books mass distribution, and having them back me would mean that readers would know my book was good.

I also, apparently, thought that I needed to be taken advantage of, paid inexcusably poorly, and chained to idiotic pricing and covers that I had no control over. I was, it seems, deluded.

It turns out that I was entirely wrong. I was missing what I really wanted. One of the major reasons that I write is to connect with readers, not publishers. The truth is that I couldn’t care less whether New York editors and publishers like me. I don’t want to write for them. I want to write for you. The other undeniable truth is that readers could care less that my books aren’t put out by a big publisher. They read for the content, not the publishing house emblem.

One day after I got yet another rejection letter, I got angry. Really, really furious. It clicked for me that I was not the idiot here. Publishing houses were. The silly reasons that they gave me for why my book was useless made me see very clearly how completely out of touch these houses were with readers. I knew, I just knew, that I’d written a book with humor, heart, and meaning. I’d written something that had potential to connect with an audience. As much as I despise having to run around announcing how brilliant I supposedly am and whatnot, I also deeply believed in Flat-Out Love. I knew that editors were wrong.

And I finally understood that I wanted nothing to do with these people. I snatched the book back from my agent and self-published it. With great relief, I should note."

MP: And also with great success, I should note, using Kindle Direct Publishing, which is featured now (along with Jessica Park's story and her book) on the Amazon.com homepage:

"Kindle Direct Publishing empowers serious authors to reach readers, build a following, make a living, and to do it on their own terms. Readers get lower prices, authors get higher royalties, and we all get a more diverse book culture (no expert gatekeepers saying "sorry but that will never work"). KDP is already meaningful--22 of our top 100 best-selling Kindle books so far this year are KDP books--and more great stories are being published every day." 

This is another great example of how technology and the Internet empower individuals, fuel creativity and innovation, and challenge the established status quo by bringing buyers and sellers together without the need for a traditional, and sometimes expensive middleman person (think Matt Drudge as just one example).   

HT: Bob Wright

4 Comments:

At 6/18/2012 11:35 PM, OpenID Sprewell said...

Who reads these books? I never understood who read the romance paperbacks that predated these online indie versions anyway, so nothing new. I figure most just watch the movie or TV version of these stories for entertainment these days; how quaint that there still exist people who read to get their fix of fiction.

 
At 6/19/2012 5:54 AM, Blogger Ed R said...

Contract publishers have been around for some decades. Anyone can get a book published if they want to pay for it.

 
At 6/19/2012 6:42 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Amazon doesn't charge

 
At 6/19/2012 9:22 AM, Blogger Borg Wizard said...

perfect example of disintermediating via the internet - this and real estate

 

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