Here I go... diving into the seemingly endless maze of the Self-Publishing world! An entire industry has been built around it. Mucho $$$$$... organizations promising you the NY Times Best Seller category if you go engage their services (well, not quite). It is a tad daunting. However, as a musician who's lived through the demise of the CD, I welcome the ability to self-determine my own content and marketing.
Book publishing has been democratized.
Yes there are millions of new books being published every year, many of them self-published. Yes, the publishing industry is in the in the midst of serious transformation... But people are still reading.
So here's the good news - ever an optimist, I like to share some cheer!
- Books are NOT going to disappear - humans enjoy sharing stories and information.
- Book publishing is like buying a lottery ticket - if you don't publish you'll never know if you wrote a best seller.
- If you're creative, resourceful and like to think outside the box - then the world is your oyster.
- You don't have to lug boxes of books around. Phew!
At the end of the day, writing is about the process... and that is what I love. Stay tuned... right now my book is being formatted for Smashwords! I'm on the roller coaster! Yipee!