So you’ve probably heard about Amanda Hocking, the so-called Kindle millionaire who has had a tremendous success selling her YA Vampire books on Kindle after being rejected by traditional publishers.
Will self-publishing become a viable way to make a living as a writer in the future?
For a few people, yes. One of the great things about the digital age is that a writer, artist, or musician no longer needs to have mass market appeal to find an audience. Thanks to the cheap cost of sharing your creations on the internet, people who create work with a niche appeal can find their niche audience when traditional publishers wouldn’t give them a chance. And that’s a great thing.
But there are a lot of words floating around out there in the cloud. The number of decently skilled would-be authors with some talent is tremendous, and there is tons of their stuff around the internet. So be prepared to do an awful lot of self-marketing and self-promotion in order to find an audience as an indie or self published author.
And do your research. The odds are very very much against you. So don’t go in unprepared. David Carnoy provides a lot of useful information about self-publishing based on his own experiences over on CNET.
But don’t give up. Self publishing also gives you freedom to create what you want to create without being tied down to a publisher’s definition of mass appeal.
As for Amanda Hocking? Apparently she is going the traditional route. She has signed a $2 million dollar deal for 4 books as the result of a bidding war that stemmed from her Kindle success.