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Authors exercise their
"write" to self-publish

CBS News, by Rita Braver

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/9/2012 2:32:23 PM

Richard Paul Evans went from a 700-square-foot Salt Lake City house to a much larger one, all because of a little tale he wrote for his daughters. Did he think he could sell it and that everyone would fall in love with his book? Negative, Evans said. "The idea of being a novelist is really romantic, but it´s kind of the same as being President of the United States - it´s not gonna happen," he said. But it DID happen for Rick Evans. You may remember "The Christmas Box," a mega hit 20 years ago.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Japanorama, 12/9/2012 2:49:53 PM     (No. 9056683)

Everybody a writer.
Nobody a reader.
Not a viable industry.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: redink, 12/9/2012 3:18:15 PM     (No. 9056706)

Lots of readers out there still.
With the advent of Print-on-Demand, not only is self-publishing working, but publishing itself has changed. There are many niche publishers (specific genres from unknown writers) who are able to widely publish unknown authors without the huge scale marketing and distribution of the big houses.

Social media and digital technology have changed how books are published, but as the book critic points out...lots of books out there that shouldn´t be published on both sides. A good story and good writing takes the book where it needs to go, whether it´s self-published or not.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson, 12/9/2012 3:24:56 PM     (No. 9056711)

Check out SMASHWORDS.COM for free epublishing - as well as 50,000 Ebooks. (Thousands of free e-books)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Mike43, 12/9/2012 4:19:10 PM     (No. 9056753)

I have several authors that I buy through smashwords, baen and others on my nook that are not "in the mainstream."

Are there clunkers? Sure but some are just as good as the "big" authors. And more responsive; I´ve discussed plotlines, future books and details with several.

Try that with any NYT bestseller.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dolphin, 12/9/2012 4:21:48 PM     (No. 9056756)

I and a lot of people I know self publish. We avoid the politburo in the left-wing publishing houses. We are doing just fine without them. We will do even better in the future.

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