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Have We Hit A Landmark “Moment” in Self-Publishing?

There’s been So Much press about self-publishing…

Self-Publishing's Future

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I’m nearly exhausted just trying to keep up…

Now, The CEO of Smashwords says, Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult from Here – Here’s How to Succeed.

The article’s topic headings about the slowdown are:

1.  There’s a glut of high-quality ebooks

2.  The rate of growth in the supply of ebooks is outstripping the growth in demand for ebooks

3. The rate of transition from print books to ebooks is slowing

Then, there are no less than 20 topic headings for How to Succeed in the Future Competitive Landscape

Most of the article is centered on authors who expect to make a living with self publishing.

For those who write and self-publish for reasons other than money, check out the article on The GuardianSelf-publishing’s vices and virtues.

After a penetrative look at the less lovely side of self-publishing, the author says:

“Interviews with many self-published authors have taught me that there are often issues of more importance than sales. For many, the material they want to publish has long burned inside them and the process of self-publishing delivers a profound satisfaction.”

“[Self-publishing]…also allows people to create products that bring huge personal pride, even if they include a few spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. As a process, the value of self-publishing to communities who want to share or preserve material is huge. But for its reputation to be assured as a medium for reading pleasure, the desire to go public straight away must be resisted. Just because you can share immediately does not mean you should. There is a world of difference between attention and approval.”


There are still huge differences of opinion about why to self-publish; plus, we might be witnessing a major landmark “moment”…

Still, I feel self-publishing is the Future for Books………
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4 responses to “Have We Hit A Landmark “Moment” in Self-Publishing?

  1. Martina Sevecke-Pohlen November 26, 2014 at 1:39 am

    “Huge personal pride” sounds so self-absorbed, as if vanity was the biggest motivating factor for people who self-publish. I assume – perhaps naively – that pride and satisfaction result from having finally published. Every author has a message and a personal way to express this message, be it in fiction or non-fiction. The motivation to publish at all is this message. Some call it educating readers, some want to entertain, and others feel the need to encourage new ideas.


    • Alexander M Zoltai November 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Dear Martina,

      I feel “pride” is one of the more slippery words in today’s culture…

      There is vain pride and honest pride…

      One can hope the quote is on the honest side…


  2. Martina Sevecke-Pohlen November 26, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I have meanwhile read Alison Baverstock’s article in the Guardian. Now I realize that she takes into account the wish to offer ideas and beliefs that used to be ignored by publishing houses. Before I came to your site this morning, Alexander, I read a post by a German author, Antje Strupp, who is working on a comic about the history of feminism. She explained how difficult it is for her not to fall into the trap of writing only about what is widely known and considered important, leaving out what is not well known but maybe more important. Publishers often assume readers prefer buying what they already know – a self-publishing author can take the responsibility to offer “the other” knowledge.


    • Alexander M Zoltai November 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you, Martina, for offering that incredibly important perception !!


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