I read. A lot. As a writer, it's essential. As a business woman it's pertinent.
One thing I've been studying is this eBook trend, especially in self-publishing. I've read lots of success stories. One about a Miss Amanda Hocking. She sold 420,000 copies of her books last year. FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY THOUSAND! Okay, yes, I'm sure she's the exception to the rule. But then I read about Victorine Lieske who sold 27,000 books in January and made over $7,000 in that month alone.
Now, I don't know about you, but I could certainly deal with a $7,000 paycheck each month. I'd take it every other month for that matter. Heck, I'd take it every quarter. Because, quite frankly, that's more money than I'm making with my novel sitting on my hard drive collecting virtual dust.
I've heard lots of bad things about self publishing. But the amazing thing is that all the "bad stuff" all the stuff that says self-publishing has no merit, has always come from agents, editors and publishing houses. "Self-pubbing is for losers. People who couldn't make it in the real publishing industry."
I guess I would beg to differ. I mean, Amanda Hocking sure doesn't look like a loser to me. In fact, she's the one laughing. All the way to the bank.
Don't get me wrong here, I'm not bad-mouthing the publishing industry, or agents or editors. I just wonder what their opposition is.
When I'm reminded of all the people who've been successful in this world, I realize none of their success ever came to them through conventional methods. They thought outside the box and broke the mold.
So what do you think? Does this eBook/self-publishing thing have merit? Do you look down at authors who've chosen this route? Do you wish you had the money in Amanda Hocking's bank account?