Starting today, every Wednesday will be Writer Wednesday. Today I’ll start with the question I am asked most often:
What is the benefit in direct electronic-publishing as opposed to traditional publishing?
Of course there are the obvious reasons, like 1) having total control over your product; the ability to write what you want; 2) no submitting to agents/editors; 3) no waiting for 12-18 months for your book to hit the shelves; 4) no cost to e-publish other than what you shell out for editing and to have your covers created; 5) no need to do signings or deal with bookstores; and most importantly making 35% or 65-80% royalties paid monthly versus 6-25% paid quarterly or twice a year.
But there’s also the matter of respect. After years of being “beaten up” by constant rejection from the traditional publishing industry, I had begun to feel as if I just wasn’t good enough. The thousands of readers who have purchased my e-books have shown me that Big Publishing was WRONG!
Author John Locke, puts it this way:
Author John Locke, puts it this way:
“For many years self-published authors have been forced to fight in the traditional arena, a place where we had almost no chance of competing, much less winning. Add to that the stigma self-published authors face that no other business on earth imposes. The general public has been conditioned to believe if you’re self-published your books don’t measure up. And, the media have done all they could to hammer that message home.
The phrase “vanity publishing” was almost certainly invented by traditional publishers year ago in order to squash the competition from entrepreneurial authors.
By ridiculing and publicly shaming self-published authors for daring to invest in their own talents and abilities, publishing houses were able to elevate themselves to god-like status. What they’re saying, when an author believes in his abilities to the extent he’s willing to invest his own money to publish a novel, he’s writing purely for his vanity!
I have to give credit to the geniuses that came up with this hogwash, because publishing is the only business in the world that has managed to make such a ridiculous notion seem plausible.
When I invested my own money to start my insurance agency no one accused me of make a vanity investment. When I invested my own money to buy a life insurance company no one called it a vanity investment. When I paid cash for my first office building to lease it out for a profit, no one accused me of making a vanity investment. When Bill Gates and Paul Allen invested their time and money into developing code for the Altair computer, no one accused them of writing vanity code.
But if Bill Gates and Paul Allen invest their own money to write a book, they’re no longer businessmen, they’re vain! And any company that charges them to publish that book is catering to their vanity! How absurd is that?
It’s laughable. And those who perpetuate the notion are going to be forced to re-think that premise.
Many years ago the publishing industry managed to crush and humiliate men and women who dreamed of writing and selling their books to the public. They created the false impression that the only standard of quality writing is for someone else to invest in your startup in return for a percentage of future profits. You might as well claim I’m less of an investor because I don’t ask other people to fund my real estate investments! How is it that self-publishing is the only business where self-funding is considered undignified?
Enter eBooks and ePublishing. EBooks allow a guy like me an opportunity to level the playing field.”
(from How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months by John Locke –http://amzn.to/oxrUG2)
Next, I’ll address the other questions: Where do you publish your books, and what’s the difference between the retailers? You can read that post here: http://sisterscribbler.blogspot.com/2011/09/writer-wednesday_28.html