Are you waving goodby to the publishing industry as we know it yet?
If you aren’t, just try flopping your hand around so you don’t look ignorant (but maybe slightly dysfunctional).
Last night I posted a progress report on my self-publishing journey thus far with CreateSpace. Writing it all out took longer than I thought it would; there’s a lot to putting a book out.
I should rephrase that.
The steps and skill sets need to execute the basic process of putting a book out are fairly simple; the time and cognitive energy needed to keep track of the slew of details is a lot of work.
Margins, headers, consistency, spell-check, where’d that extra indent come from?, did you remember the bleed?, wrong file type, someone found another typo?, what’s the cover art path again?
While we’ll never say goodbye to the need for hard work, it is time to say goodbye to legacy publishing. At least it has been for me.
In one of my comments to Nathan Reimer on yesterday’s comments section, I said:
“I felt a little euphoric clicking submit [on my manuscript upload]. Half fearful I’d missed something catastrophically minor; half peeing my pants that I was publishing a book all by myself without a major publisher holding my hand.”
And that’s the truth of it. As a self-published author, the buck starts and stops with you. You have the tools, and the choices to make it awesome, or to make it a failure. Whatever support staff the traditional publisher provided – dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s – that’s all gone. Bye bye. But so is your expense of parting with a huge portion of your profits to do so. If you felt it was worth it, bravo. I didn’t.
In another comment last night by my friend Christian Fahey, he said:
“I read an interview with Jeff Bezos [founder and CEO of Amazon.com] recently where he stated his vision–swallow this–is to make every literary work known to man available in any language (primarily in ebook). Such extraordinarily big thinking is one of the reasons he, and Amazon, are at the pinnacle of this colossal shift.”
It’s forward thinking like that that’s caused traditional publishers to become a meaningful but isolated relic of the last century.
If you’re still with a traditional press, I’m sure you have good reasons. But I feel a little sorry for you.
If you feel like you’re supposed to be writing a book that others should read but you’re not, I’m sure you have good reasons. But I feel a little sorry for you.
I’m about to re-release my first novel, make it available forever, and make six times the money I’d ever made before. All this while maintaining 100% creative control, and releasing it far sooner then the typical 16-18 month turnaround period of legacey publishers.
Did you hear that? It’s the sound of the self-publishing bus taking the traditional publishing industry to school. ch: