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Is the self-publishing sector the place to find the sci-fi and fantasy hidden gems?


When on a quest to find new sci-fi and fantasy fiction that will make Kindles explode from the awesomeness the screen beholds, the publisher is not the usual go-to to help with this important decision.

Self-publishing became cool at the end of last year with a 287 per cent growth between 2006 and 2012 in the US. A top distributer of indie ebooks, Smashwords, has gone from distributing 140 ebooks in 2008 to 190,600 in 2012.

The founder of Smashwords, Mark Coker, made the bold statement on the Smashwords blog that, “I realised the traditional publishing industry was broken. Publishers were unable, unwilling and disinterested to take a chance on every writer.” The latter is agreeable, as writers no longer need publishers to determine whether the public should read their book or not. How many books could have been neglected from our eyes because of publisher rejections? 12 publishers rejected

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