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The rise of self-publishing


The Stacked Shelf

The advent of epublishing platforms and the ability for authors to self-publish their work without going through traditional publishing avenues has opened up a whole realm of new possibilities. The success of authors such as Amanda Hocking make it clear that this route is one that has the potential to deliver substantial returns – even the hugely successful Fifty Shades of Grey started life as online fan fiction.

There are now hundreds of thousands of free ebooks available on Amazon’s Kindle store, and according to a recent survey by Bowker Market Research’s Book and Consumers UK survey, self-published books accounted for around 11% of all ebooks purchased by UK consumers in the first half of 2012. But with so many authors choosing to go down this route, what does it take for a book to stand out from the crowd? And how much difference does the lack of input from professional…

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2 comments on “The rise of self-publishing

  1. Blogging is – in a way – self publishing. And didn’t the author of “The Firm” sell his own self-published novels out of the back of his car? Bottom line: Whether you self publish or not, the book still has to be good.

    • I have to agree with you on that elizjamison. Whichever path an author takes, be it self-published or traditional, it boils down to one singe truth that the book must be good or excellent in order for it to sell to the target readers.

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