A librarian friend of mine suggested I check out Blue Ink Review. She said the problem for librarians with self-published books, is finding some great book reviews to help them decide whether to buy the book for their library. Unfortunately, most of us cannot afford to spend a few hundred dollars per review!
Here’s a link from their blog to an interesting discussion of why so many authors are choosing self-publishing today:
A quote from author Adam Pepper:
“The advantage of self-publishing for the author is total control of each and every step of the process – and of course, money. I keep approximately 65-70% of each sale of a self-published book whereas traditional publishers are offering 25%. Authors accept that because they want to get in the bookstores and the big publishers have held a stranglehold on distribution. But as popularity of digital books continues to rise, why will authors continue to give away such a huge piece of their revenue?”
I also agree with and enjoy his statement:
“For those aspiring to get in the game, self-publishing gives a writer a shot to get noticed. Readers are clamoring for inexpensive options. Ultimately, it’s going to be the consumer who determines the future of publishing.”
I have found blogging to be a great way to get noticed and collect an interested audience. Like Mr. Pepper says:
“Authors no longer need a publisher, what they need is an audience. I see an opportunity to connect directly with readers and that’s why I’ve decided to go it alone.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself!