Some of you may remember when the kindle first came out, and I blogged about the end of physical books as we know it. Well, thankfully, the hardcover isn't going anywhere soon, BUT new opportunities have opened up for the aspiring author as far as e-publishing goes.
I'm sure by now everyone's heard of Amanda Hocking, the 26 year old author who self published her YA Trylle Trilogy on Amazon, sold 450,000 e-copies, and just signed a $2 million book deal with Random House. This definitely got me thinking--she may be a stand out, but what is the downside to publishing your own e-books? IS there a downside?
The publishing industry is rapidly changing with the new impulse-buy-ability of e-books. Now, self publishing doesn't have to be a dirty word. A writer's options are no longer limited to either a traditional publishing contract, or paying a vanity press to print books that will never see the light of day.
The e-book train is moving down the tracks, not just for the one-off success stories like Amanda Hocking, but some established authors are opting for self publishing when it comes to their e-releases, because they take control of the profits. When authors are already doing their own promotional work, suddenly releasing an e-book starts to make sense.
For those of you who read my blog before I took my break, you know I am not a pie-in-the-sky type person, but rather a work hard, practical person. E-publishing my book that isn't a popular genre right now is speaking to my logical side (high fantasy hasn't been sellable for awhile in lieu of more contemporary fantasy, even though it has its niche).
After a lot of research and debate, I've decided to self-publish Legacy of the Empress as an e-book. I see it as gambling on myself--I don't pay anything out of pocket, and I stick to the same marketing plan as if I had a physical book coming out. I'd always planned to do the legwork myself, so putting my own book out there seems like an ideal plan :). I believe in this book whole heartedly, so why not put it out there?
So there you have it: I have an artist cooking up a fantastic cover for me right now, and I'm getting ready to launch this mofo. More info to come!
What are your thoughts? How do you look at e-publishing versus traditional publishing? Have you ever impulse bought a low-priced e-book?