It’s easy to forget how quickly the stigma of self-publishing has vanished. At the turn of the century–this century!–self-publishing was the domain of the vanity press and a few hardy souls willing to take the risk. And humble their pride…
As print-on-demand technology became available, many small publishing houses sprang up. My first book series was released by such a press in 2009 and 2010. It wasn’t all that long ago, and yet so much about the publishing industry has changed.
Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (and the 70% royalty for ebooks) was a game-changer. Authors looked at that number, did some hard thinking, and put aside their pride. Not too long ago, a popular Austen-genre blog denied membership to indie authors because, you know, only traditionally-published writers were “real authors”. Not anymore!
When I first began blogging about social media, an on-line platform was an edge. Now? It is a lifeline. ~Kristen Lamb
Most Austen fiction is now self-published. And why not? The fan base is there, and even traditionally-published authors have to do their own promotion. Why give up a hefty royalty percentage if I’m doing all the work?
Social media is more important than ever. Bit by bit I’ve been learning how to connect with readers. Not because you are difficult to like! It’s just that in real life there is little about me that makes for, you know, gripping reading! This blog challenge is teaching me to look deeper and share more.
I have every reason in the world to jump on the indie bandwagon: A winsome book concept, an established fan base, and the “right” Jane Austen characters. That is to say, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.
You might have noticed that I removed the Darcy By Any Other Name release countdown from the sidebar. So here’s the thing. While my strength continues to improve, the demands of full-time teaching have caused my energy level to fluctuate. I decided to pass on the added pressure. I’m gunning for October, honest!
Today’s prompt asks for publishing particulars (in case you’re interested):
- Formatting: I’m using software licensed from The Book Designer for both print and ebook editions
- Cover Design: Damonza
- Printing and Distribution: Kindle Direct Publishing
- Audiobook: Not at this time (Alas, I am an audiobook snob!)
Thanks so much for stopping by to read. And … Happy Friday!