Since I've been totally focused on finishing up my first Indie-published work, I'm hyper aware of anything to do with the self-publishing industry.
I hope to have my first ebook The Good Girl Conspiracy, (Book 1 of The Good, The Bad, and The Girly) available for download on March 11.
There! I have set the goal and carved it in digital stone. (If I wasn't bogged down with taxes, I'd have it up much sooner, but it's no use complaining about that because the rest of you have that same issue this time of the year.)
I've been reading a lot of Indie publishing blogs, and I'm as excited as these blog publishers about the possibilities for authors in this "outside the box" publishing. Of course, there were and are naysayers.
Here are a few because they're funny and short-sighted. These words exited the mouths of today's selection of learned folks within the last 10 years. Most of these people were talking about electronic publishing with a company, not indie publishing. However, many hold this belief, or worse, about indie publishing. There's a schism between traditionally published authors and indie published.
Rudy Rucker (I'm pretty sure this is Mr. Rucker Sr.), author, mathematician, computer scientist and philospher said: "Electronic distribution is more of a fall-back strategy for putting out a book that isn't deemed profitable enough to print. You hardly make any money publishing an electronic book."
Notes science fiction and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey said: "I wouldn't encourage new writers to start off publishing through electronic media... it still isn't wide enough for the readership they would need to get a good start."
Even Bill Gates weighed in with: "Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana." He also said: "Some people read off of their Palms and Pocket PCs, but the real immersible reading experience takes a full-screen device." (Gee, I hope all the iPhone readers don't get upset with that declaration.)
Nineteenth century author C. N. Bovee said: "There is probably no hell for authors in the next world - they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this." At least if one goes the indie publishing route, an author may succeed in reducing the hell by fifty per cent.