E-publishing , Print on Demand (POD), and Kindle Markets-Are They The Wave Of The Future?

Ms. Danzo writes fiction and has twenty years experience working in Sales and Marketing and has published various articles on a variety of subjects, including articles on professional/fictional writing and marketing. 

E-publishing , Print on Demand (POD), and Kindle Markets-Are They The Wave Of The Future?
by Sia McKye Danzo

For most of us, writing is a driving force within us. A passion. I’ve written and told stories all my life, but have only gotten serious about it the last couple of years. Some of you have been writing for many years.

Our goal, of course, is getting published. Getting noticed by an agent or publisher. We write to entertain others, to take them on a journey. To do that we have to have an audience, which means being published. We’ve worked hard towards that goal. We’ve entered contests, are trying short-stories and articles to build up our credits to get noticed. We’ve used other writers to read our stories and give us back constructive feedback all with the goal of getting published. We’ve queried. We’ve gotten back rejection letters and we sigh. We keep going, yet sometimes it’s discouraging. We get excited about an agent who requests more of our manuscript-almost afraid to hope because haven’t we all been there? Waiting on pins and needles for them to get back to us, hoping that maybe THIS time, it will be the one who gets our story published.

I get discouraged. I know some of you have as well. How many of you have really considered publishing to Print on Demand (POD) publishers or places like Kindle? It’s the wave of the future, I’m sure. One good indication of that is the hoopla with Amazon and e-books. Most major publishing houses have an e-publishing section because of reading the trends. Granted some of the e-books they offer are a bit out there. I know Harlequin has had down loadable stories, for a small price, for some time. I rather think they saw the handwriting on the wall and were testing out the market for e-publishing. They now offer some of their authors through e-publishing and some authors are strictly e-published.

A benefit of e-publishing and POD, is a bigger share of royalties, than with a traditional publisher-but not advances-as a rule. Your work is out there, but not necessarily on the local book store shelves like you pictured in your mind. Unless you are willing to promote yourself and your writing to get it there. You have to market, via blogs, websites, and social networks. Authors have to do that regardless of the medium, but the marketing is pretty much on you rather than assistance from a publisher.

Self-publishing/Vanity Press is where the author paid someone to print their book and not always a good quality of book either in writing style or subject matter. Unfortunately, some negative stigma of Vanity Press books still color people’s perception of e-publishing or Print on Demand publications.

Is e-publishing, not self-publishing, a good thing? Or do you think it’s harmful for an author in the long-run? Some of you have gone that route. What are your experiences now that you’ve done it? Have any of you been approached by an agent or publisher? Have any of you heard of anyone getting picked up by a publisher going this route? Does it count as being published when doing our queries?

Any thoughts?

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6 responses to “E-publishing , Print on Demand (POD), and Kindle Markets-Are They The Wave Of The Future?

  1. I self-published my first book back in 1990–it sold out its print run in less than 5 months and earned praise from various reviewers, as well as Governor-General Award-winning writer Timothy Findley. I started my blog, “Beautiful Desolation” 18 months ago and since then I have ceased submitting work to other venues–my work (including 2 novels) now goes directly to my blog and I’ve never been happier. Corporate publishing is dying, the profit margins aren’t big enough and soon the Big Boys will be dumping their publishing arms. The new technologies allow writers to have access to readers around the world–I only wish this stuff had been around ten years ago, it would have saved me a lot of frustration and fury. Kindle? E-books? POD? Why not? Anything that allows the writer to get a bigger slice of the pie is all right with me…

  2. ~Sia~

    Wow! That’s quite an accomplishment. Thanks for sharing that. So your books are offered for sale via your blog and website?

  3. Sorry, missed your followup–yeah, a couple of my books are still available for purchase, others sold out their print run years ago. But my two novels, both supernatural thrillers (SO DARK THE NIGHT and OF THE NIGHT), are on my blog as PDF/free downloads and folks are welcome to pop by and read them.

    Best wishes to you…

  4. Sia McKye

    Thank you Cliff, I’ll stop by for sure.

    ~Sia~

  5. Ask me in ten years. Ha!

    We all have a different path to our destiny, how can we be critical of trying something, anything to get to the next step? It’s always been my nature…if I see someone doing something, I think I can do it too. So, I write and run my own publishing company. The odds are long. So what? They’re long no matter which path you take. We’re entering new, uncharted territory with the MP3ing of books. No matter how you approach the market, luck, hard work and skill will be prevailing winds. In the end, if you don’t run up a sail, you won’t catch the wind.

  6. All of my ebooks have been self published using Amazon Kindle. I like the control self publishing gives the author over their own work and I have no desire to expend effort trying to get published by a traditional publisher. Kevin

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