The past week or so, spurred by several blog posts from other writers, I have done quite a bit of reading up on the success some no-name writers have had with self-publishing for Kindle and other digital platforms. This is a topic that has become a heated debate in many circles and if you take only 10 minutes or so to check out blogs and forums, you’ll find that the battle lines have basically been drawn.
Still, as a writer, it’s exciting to know that you can make your work accessible to so many people. And let’s go ahead and admit it…the monetary reward is paying off for some writers more than they could have ever dreamed of.
So, in the interest of trying to learn more about the phenomenon, trying to decide if it’s something I want to try my hand at, I ended up at the Kindleboards website. I looked around for a bit and was still undecided. I went so far as to register and get an account. I then posted the following:
I’ll get this out of the way first…I’m a traditionalist. While I have no qualms with Kindle or any other e-readers, I will always prefer the actual print product. However, as a writer, I would be a fool to ignore the footprint that digital readers are leaving in the publishing world.
I have been published by two different small presses in the past, and am quite proud to have my name on a printed product. My question is this:
I’ve done a bit of research to find what sort of titles sell best on Kindles and it does not look like horror/dark fiction is popular among Kindle readers…either that or there are not many writers in these genres making their books available for Kindle or other digital platforms. Is there an interest for such work among Kindle readers?
As a writer, I am skeptical of going the Kindle route; the stigma of being “self published” does not hold well for many and could very well do some harm later on if I choose to continue to pursue writing as a career. On the other hand, I believe platforms such as Kindle will make this a moot point as it is a practice that is becoming more common. I have read three different interview with writers that had never been published before and are making a killing on Kindle…and more importantly, having their work read by hundreds of thousands of people.
So actually, I suppose that’s another worry…not knowing if this truly IS the future of books or if it is just a temporary phase. If publishers finally wise up and lower their prices on print books rather than raise them (as has been the practice for the past 2 years or so), I think print will be able to stop shaking in its boots and once again stand atop the publishing world as the superior and most desired product.
I still have no clue if this is something I want to try. Last week, Aaron Polson posted a link to this blog post from Joe Konrath. I have read it about 5 times, trying to make sense of it. I have two projects that, when complete, would be fitting candidates to experiment with Kindle or other e-readers. But still…I don’t know…I almost feel as if I am betraying print and, in some skewed sort of way, taking the easy way towards publication.
Please share your own insights into this in the comments section. I am apparently rather easily convinced…
In closing, if you missed my interview on The Tattered Muse on Friday night, it is now up in the archives. Check it out if you have the time.