Yesterday I came across an interview with J.A. Konrath… and then his blog… and then I bought one of his ebooks off of Amazon… and I was ready to bash my little head in. He writes 4,000 words a day. He’s thumbed his nose at the publishing industry by self-publishing his own books and making a crap-ton of money in the process (crap-ton is an actual unit of measurement, btw). And he isn’t afraid to tell the rest of us how it’s done.
It’s encouraging to know that consistent hard work pays off. Konrath’s blog bio reads, “There’s a word for a writer who never gives up… published.” But in his post about his self-published ebooks outselling his traditionally published ones, I had to ask whether that was because he was already popular. A fellow poster replied that she made 25k in eBook sales as a complete unknown.
I’m hearing that more and more often. At the recent Writing Matters panel in Montclair, another self-published author talked about how he self-published and eventually got six-figure deals with two of the big 6.
More and more, writers are taking matters into their own hands. Amazon has their own publishing platform. Barnes and Noble launched one this week. There are countless print on demand publishers. Between Amazon, B&N and POD, pretty much anyone can become their own little writing factory. The only thing I’m still confused about is how do you get people to know about your books and buy them? I still haven’t gotten a satisfactory answer from anyone.
But it’s interesting to see so many writers taking charge of their own destinies. Many have felt that they were pawns on the board, and now thanks to writers like Konrath who are very encouraging, they’re running their own plays.