Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Are you published yet?

As technology grows in leaps and bounds and the economy continues to stagnate, many industries are changing—including publishing.

It seems the team members associated with the various houses within the traditional publishing industry—especially those who work either directly or indirectly in the acquisitions arena—have become an increasingly selective and subjective group. They have raised the bar, and it almost appears that nothing submitted to them with less potential than another Harry Potter is even being considered by the acquisitions editors. Fortunately, that situation is changing.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not a modest person when it comes to my writing. In fact, I will look you straight in the eye and state, quite matter-of-factly, that I am an excellent storyteller. And I'm certain there are those of you reading this who are also excellent writers. I know for a fact that there are tons of unpublished manuscripts out there that are equal to, or better than, a lot of the published books I've read. It drives me crazy that publishers are letting so many good books remain unpublished. The good news is that the old world where traditional publishers ruled with an iron hand and maintained complete control of everything is quickly fading into history. 

Times have changed. The old system that we lived with for so many years is no longer the only way to get a book published. The recent advent of digital publishing and POD (print-on-demand) changed the model. So, a couple of years ago, I decided to ignore the rejection letters and to publish my books myself. 

And you can do the same thing. Each of us now has the option of taking matters into our own hands and becoming our own agents, publicists, editors and publishers. And, with today's technology, it's a doable endeavor. In addition, it can be done with practically no cost.

If you're a writer, you're going to fall into one of two groups: those who have published your own book, and those who haven't. If you're in the latter group, it may be because you're not yet up-to-speed on how to go about it. If that's the case, I'm going to remove that excuse by providing a link at the end of this post to a new book I've just published (it's a 99-center) that will give you and easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide showing you exactly how to format, convert, and upload your book to Amazon. Trust me on this. It's not nearly as ominous a task as you might think. In fact, anyone can do it in a very short time and you're going to be amazed at how easy it really is. Your book can be on Amazon by this time tomorrow!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

Now, here's that LINK.


  1. Yes I'm self published. I like the control I have over my work and the knowledge that it is entirely mine. :)
    The Arrival, Book 1 of the BirthRight trilogy available now

  2. Ha! Two Nicoles in a row. *high-five*

    I'm not published at all, though if I run out of agents and editors to pitch to, I might experiment with e-publishing and see what happens. After all, what do I have to lose?

  3. Self published and industry published... Of the two SP is more fun, much more work and potentially more profitable. Just got three of my books on kindle. Check "Truth Picks"

  4. I'm having a ball being self published. I'm in control of my work and so far getting great reviews. It's a lot of work, but worth it in the long run.

    I have two books published - Star-Crossed Rascals and Velvet Ball and The Broken Fairy, both in paperbacks and eBooks, and in a few weeks, I'll be publishing Molly Gumnut Rescues a Bandicoot.

    I"m not only selling to kids, I'm selling many copies to pensioners in retirement villages. They seem to love the humour in my stories.

    I'm also in the process of organising a website where I'll be selling my own books.

    If you want a chance to win 300 pound, go to this website and be the first to review Star-Crossed Rascals:

    Good luck with your POD books everyone.

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