I’ve been thinking a lot about Kindle’s new self-publishing program they have set up (okay, not “new” to the world but “new” to me) and how it might help authors. It’s a sweet little racket Amazon is pulling , cutting out the publisher for new and established authors to sell their book for as little or as high as the author wants and paying out a nice commission rate. The downside, however, is for those writers who want to see their first book in print.
E-books are nice for anyone who wants to self-publish (or “independently publish”) or for the small press publisher who is trying to watch their overhead. Kindle is pretty much offering to do the same thing, except now people don’t have to be rejected. But… there’s also a path fraught with peril. There is no editor to ensure that your book is clean and ready for publication. There is no marketing manager to help promote your new book, and there isn’t a cover artist that is paid by the publisher to do just that. You are on your own.
So… what to do, what to do.
You see, I’m torn myself. I know there isn’t a home for any of the Christian Cole novels right now, simply because nobody wants to see religion and urban fantasy mixed that much. Plus I stay away from vampires (mostly) and zombies (though I do have some werewolves). I have an audience already (well, a small one, but it’s growing), an editor who works for cheap and a cover artist who is good. I also have a friend who is a marketing genius.
If I had the money, I’d start my own publishing company. However, I don’t, so… meh.
So should I pursue this “grand experiment”? Stay tuned…