But I digress. Before brunch was called (not, alas, by a butler but you never know--their house has an old servant's staircase in addition to the main one), we discussed publishing today. One of the topics was, naturally, self-publishing.
I don't know how to find a self-pubbed book -- and none are biting me in the arse. There, I've said it. What I mean is, I'm not being marketed to. I have zero clue where to find self-pubbed books in the genre I want to read. You know where I find new books and authors that I want to read? Amazon's recommends. Goodreads. Social networking. Magazine book reviews. And none of those places highlight self-pubbed books. (Amazon does stick self-pubbed books in the "recommended" list, but in my case I've never actually seen any in my "recommended" or "others bought" lists.) I'm not saying this to be inflammatory. I'm pointing out that yes--while authors have many more choices in front of them for publishing, until self-pubbed books get face time with the masses in some way, I'm not going for it.
This month's issue of Writer's Digest has a huge article in it on the state of publishing today. One of the things said is that the self-pub route is easy, with lots of options, and has good margins. And that big-six publishing will be a long, hard, cruel road with little to no advance or else paid out in tiny droplets over the course of an ice age, and who cares anyway since they rarely take on new authors. Um, okay. While some of that is no doubt true, I don't believe it's impossible nor miserable, and guess what? Big publisher books get marketed.
My uncle Vince self-pubbed his novel, Blood & Chocolate. But I know it's been a challenge to market it. So my question is, as writers, how can we embrace self-publishing if the marketing is so tough? How can we get people to buy our self-pubbed books? In what ways can we market it?
There are lots of books and tons of blogs out there to help with this question. But at the end of the day, I'll repeat: I have not been marketed to. I have no idea what books are out there to read in my genre that have been self-published.
What do you think? Has your reading attention been caught by a self-pubbed book? Where and how?