Today is day three of my latest bout of unemployment.
Honestly, I thought I’d have more to blog about. I figured while I was off I could take a few minutes each day and simply blog about things going on. Of course, I had little to nothing going on before I was out of work, so now that I am out of work, I have even less to write about, if you can believe that.
I’ve had some great – and I mean great – feedback on my blog lately about writing. Those discussions were informative and enlightening in ways I didn’t think it would be. I got input on both sides of all my arguments, and I’d like to thank you all for being willing to voice your opinions on the publishing industry and what it’s like, it’s so-called “rules” and the hurdles facing new authors, and the pass granted to established authors. I learned a lot from all of you, including how to view those double-standards as a good thing. Being a better writer is never a bad thing, ever.
But I’m without much else to say on that topic.
My buddy KnytStalker sent me some information from another writer. He’s written an online serial novel called “The Hole” and is current working on a second one. He decided to publish his draft – and had the guts to charge for it – through a Kindle-only format. He says he’s sold about a copy a day so far, and with Amazon’s pricing structure, he’s made a little dough on it. He hopes to have it in print sometime, but that’s another issue for a blog post all it’s own.
My thought now is, is that something you writers would think about doing? Would you take some stuff you wrote – short stories, say, which are harder to market to traditional publishers – and make them available to Kindle readers via Amazon’s format and self-publish outlet? A collection of them, maybe? Do you think this helps or hurts establish an author in the mainstream?
There are two schools of thought on this: Some say self-publishing isn’t a problem, doesn’t detract from an author’s ability to market separate works to a mainstream publisher, and so is no big deal. Others say once you’ve gotten your name on a self-published book, you’re looked down upon and traditional publishers may be less willing to look at your work … especially if your self-published effort is a grammatical and editing disaster.
What do you all think? Readers, would you buy a self-published collection of short stories, or even a self-published eBook, from your favorite online novelist? Writers, are you hesitant to go that route for any reason? Is so, why, and if not, why not?
Sound off, y’all! I’m looking forward to this one!
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