It's been a little over a year since my first book was published, and I find myself reflecting. Prior to publication, I spent about a year and a half trying to learn how the book business worked. And let me tell you, it turned out to be a lot different than I thought. I guess I was stuck in 1985, thinking in pre-internet terms. I had in my mind this glorious company … the publisher. After all, it had been publishers who had supplied my constant need to read over the course of my entire life. I had somehow associated every great story with these publishers rather than the authors who wrote them. And I did not realize how dramatically times had changed. Drat, you may say. For that's exactly how I reacted. But soon I came to see the changes in this topsy-turvy business work to my advantage. In the past three years I've seen ebook readers and internet publishing change from trends into business as usual. While it is my sincere hope that big publishers are not totally lost, I can't help but join the ranks of authors who feel like they've been trampled by those companies. But that's a post for another time. In the past decade there has been an entire industry grow from the ashes of those who have been burned. John Locke, Amanda Hocking, and about a gazillion more authors on twitter, facebook, and the interent are in the process of changing the world. Even publishing standards like Richard Paul Evans are reserving their ebook rights. And they aren't alone. Executives too see what's happening; such as Ruth Harris who left the publishing houses behind to go out on her own. I could go on and on, and I haven't even mentioned big publisher successes, such as Claire Cook who walked the red carpet when her book Must Love Dogs was set on the silver screen, and still do most of their own marketing work, something the publishers are supposed to do. And yet, even with the writing on the wall, there are still a few determined people claiming that independent authors are more like rejects than the real thing. At the thought I almost start laughing. Simply put, all it takes to find out the truth is to join the industry. It's a whole new world out there. And to tell you the truth, I kinda like it.
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