The piece, written by author and oil worker Jonathan Kile, highlights the death of the narrative, “you can’t find and publisher then you self-publish”. He quotes successful self-publisher Hugh Howey, whose opinion is that self-publishing is simply a more viable path to earning a living and reaching readers than sending out query letters to agents.
Self-published authors need to take pride in the route they have taken, Kile says. You should tell your smirking cocktail party friends that self-publishing has a better ROI should they smirk when you tell them you self-published.
The most successful self-published books are romance and science fiction (Kile reckons that people read romance “like crazy” and there is a direct relationship between the number of cats romance readers have and the number of books they buy in a week.)
[Editor’s note: Er… guilty as charged.]
Kile finishes off his piece by saying that you can’t write something good. You start by writing something that isn’t very good because the first draft is going to sound “like it was written by Rick Scott’s speech writer” or it’s like the first coat of paint in a room, but nothing happens until you get that first coat done.
He also advocates writing the ending first so that it gives you something to write to and makes it harder to get lost along the way.
See the full article here. Picture thanks to the PD Pics website.