Era of Self-publishing
Self Publishing era
We live in the era of self-publishing. Many unknown writers have become famous through self-publishing their books. Ebook is a booming business now. In this digital age it is easy to become a published author for anyone, and reaching your audience. Everyday we read news about how self-published authors have become successful. In today's world no need to wait for a response from the traditional publishers indefinitely, after submitting your manuscript to several of them. An aspiring author can publish his or her own stories without anyone's assistance, and make it available all over the globe, easily and comfortably, sitting in their own home.
Those who have some patience to learn and time to spend on learning self-publishing is not at all expensive. They can do it on their own. Those who want help in self-publishing there are several companies and individuals providing the required help, for a fee, and such services can be utilized. Just by selling few copies of your book you can recover the cost. Those who want to publish more books it is worth the time learning the technique by reading the self-publishing guide. Smashwords provides a free guide explaining each step clearly. In the same way amazon too gives proper guidance on their site. If you follow these instructions self-publishing cost is zero.
Some successful names in self-publishing
It is a known fact that publishing industry has changed drastically since the introduction of eReaders. These are some of the people I came to know through my search who have become successful in choosing the self-publishing route. If you know more people please feel free to add their names in the comments, so that the information will be helpful to others, who are eagerly waiting to embrace this method.
J.A Konrath, 41, has published with traditional publishers and then also tried with self-publishing, and he is now a best-selling writer of self-published e-books. His website http://jakonrath.blogspot.in/
John Locke from Kentucky, became the first first self-published author to sell 1m Kindle ebooks. His website http://www.lethalbooks.com
Darcie Chan, 37, an attorney from USA, became a famous self-published author with her debut novel The Mill River Recluse, after being rejected by more than 100 literary agents..Her website http://www.darciechan.com
Amanda Hocking, 27, a young girl from USA, unable to find a publisher started self-publishing her young-adult paranormal romances in 2010 and in a short time became one of the several self-published e-book superstars. In last June she signed a $2 million contract with St. Martin's Press, in early 2012 her book hit the stores both in print and ebook version. Her website http://amandahocking.blogspot.in
C.J. Lyons, 47, published nine self-published books, after publishing several medical suspense thrillers with traditional publishers. He is a pediatric ER doctor turned New York Times bestselling author of Thrillers with Heart. His website http://www.norulesjustwrite.com/blog/
Catherine Ryan Howard, after contacting nine agents, self-published her book, Mousetrapped, which sold 11,000 copies. http://catherineryanhoward.com/
Kerry Wilkinson, 31, a sport journalist from Penwortham, self-published his book Locked In, with amazon and became a top seller, which brought him success by signing a deal with Pan Macmillan for his next three crime novels and the print and e-book rights to his first three books. His website http://kerrywilkinson.com/
Ruth Ann Nordin is a successful self-publisher of romance novels through ebooks. Her website http://www.ruthannnordin.com/
Monica Carter Tagore, self published her book Scandalous Truth and later landed a book deal. Tagore has sold thousands of books and earned back her book deal advance and royalties.
HP Mallory, self-published author, signed a three-book contract with traditional publisher Random House..
Stephen Leathe, a published author from UK, became more popular by self-publishing his three novellas which has topped the amazon.co.uk's eBook sales charts.
I too tried my hand in self-publishing through ebooks. First I tried with smashwords and then also with kdp.amazon. In smashwords it takes sometime to get approved, but it is worth the wait. They will distribute it to many other ebook stores. In amazon you can get it approved in 24 hours. In both the places detailed instructions are given. Your duty is just to follow the formatting rules carefully and submit to them. In both these places, the service is absolutely free. In case you are unable to follow their instructions no need to worry. You can find people who will do this service for you on a payment. I have also digitally published some of my books for the children with amazon and smashwords.
Important factors to become a successful writer
Today writers have the facility to format their book and self-publish any number of ebooks and connect with their readers all over the world. People can read their books through their favorite readers for a cheap rate. Amazon and smashwords are the leading platforms where they can fulfill their dreams by self-publishing their ebooks. These books are changing the way the authors get connected with the readers.
Talent, hard work and self-promotion are the three important factors needed to become a successful self-published writer. Of course, luck too has a great role to play.
Kindle, Sony eReader, Apple's iPad and Kobo, Barnes & Noble's Nook are some of the popular e-readers.
Some of the self-publishing companies - (print on demand)
Amazon's Createspace https://www.createspace.com/
Instant Publisher http://www.instantpublisher.com
Pothi http://www.pothi.com (an Indian site)
For self-publishing ebooks