Self-Published Authors Finally Accepted by Mainstream Readers as Legit

Could it be that the time has come where casual readers put self-published authors on the same credibility plain as a big imprint author?

We stole a few minutes of this Georgia peach’s lunch break from her day job at a Verizon call center to discuss her book buying process. A survey of one if you will. We didn’t have any prerequisites for the interview, and had no discussions with Melanie prior to turning the camera on about her book buying habits.

Around the 4:30 mark of the episode one can imagine many of the book buying public responding in a similar fashion that they aren’t entirely sure if a book they have recently read was self-published. As they say, the cream rises…

While our sample might be small, if you look at the interview as an indication of what the average American, or Southerner at least, thinks of self-published authors it’s a great sign of things to come, and yes, maybe just maybe, the dreaded self-publishing stigma is finally disappearing. 

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The Paperback – Anything But Dead

Reporter Tatton Jacob’s thoughts after a day talking to people about what and how they are reading.

Despite a clear push to advertise and manufacture new tablets and e-readers, people simply seem unable to find a reason to give up traditional books. Benefits such as portability and quick access to content online seem dulled by a sense of passion that permeates from proponents of traditional books.

While developing rapidly, the digital ecosystem is somewhat segmented, which can be confusing to consumers. A proprietary system with passwords and protection is a cold contrast to the hometown appeal of a secondhand bookshop, book swaps and tangible, tactile engagements.

Interviewed subjects showed confusion even discussing the subject of e-reading. Several mentioned computers and tablets from a number of different makers with different screens and sizes. They referenced purchases from different libraries, and mentioned the difficulty of losing an e-reader.

One subject claimed research indicates less physical strain on the eyes when using traditional books, though some scientists disagree. He admitted e-ink screens may be exempt from that, but pointed out their inability to be read without illumination. Oddly, in this category, people seem to expect illumination.

Another subject owned a Kindle but hadn’t yet bothered to open it. Device registration and accounting details can introduce tediousness where tediousness did not used to be. Passwords are a minor source of terror for some over the age of 40.

Many subjects were not happy with note taking capabilities on digital devices. Cross-referencing or otherwise reading multiple books at the same time seems to be easier with physical copies as well.

Additions such as Amazon’s lending library, book-sharing and the adoption of e-borrowing through public libraries have addressed many early complaints, but because digital concepts are flexible, the digital system will continue to adapt and will ultimately reign supreme.

Clear early adopters of the digital system have been medical and research institutions. With such a high volume of constantly changing content to deal with, the digital benefits of a compact library hold more weight. Open formats such as .pdfs have proven easy to distribute and are significantly changing said industries.

Small, individual and low-cost publishers see opportunities provided through e-reading. This has allowed them a foothold for freedom from the constraints of big-book publishing.

To an individual, the ambiguity of a digital screen can be troublesome. Aesthetically, a book presents itself in a rather obvious way, while an iPad can be seen as a portal to any number of digital venues.

Interestingly, the environmental implications of traditional book publishing were not mentioned by anyone I interviewed.

The simplicity of a book is hard to interrupt. It is a gift that can be given again and again. To improve this is a lofty goal.

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How to Format Your Self-Published Book – The Video

Melissa Anne Wuske showcases her techniques on page layout in this awesome tutorial video.

While we love it when you hang out on our website, the below video is best viewed in large or full screen mode.

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Inside the Mind of a Amazon Book Buyer Pre-Purchase

As authors we all too often think about our own tastes, preferences, and desires when it comes to developing books. We look at what we’d like to see, and then go out and create it. Authors being an eccentric bunch to put it kindly, we often miss the entire point of putting together a book in the first place, the almighty reader. What if we could go inside the minds of those that buy books the most to get to know a little more about their thought process? Might it help us craft better, more highly targeted books in the future? Possibly. Might it help sales of such efforts? Absolutely. 

Pelham talks with Tiffany in this edition of What’s Working to discover her book buying process.

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16% of Amazon Kindle Bestseller List Self-Published (selfmkt episode 6)

Today’s episode of selfmkt we discuss Thomas Friedman’s NYT Op-Ed piece in which Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos reveals 16% of bestseller list on Kindle are self-published books. Encouraging number? Still a long way to go? Maybe a bit of both, but the fact that hard numbers about self-published books are emerging regularly is a great sign of things to come in terms of measurement. 

 

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Is The Self-Published Bestseller List Your Ticket to a Book Deal (selfmkt episode 37)

 

 

With the recent news that Self-Published author Jamie McGuire signed a book deal with major imprint Atria after selling 200,000 books, one has to wonder, is the only real path to nailing a book deal paved with scorching hot Amazon Kindle sales charts? Is it a coincidence that McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster topped the GalleyCat bestseller list the same week that the news breaks of her deal? While the existence of such a bestseller list is still nearly brand new, the implications of ranking high on one seem to point toward the type of exposure that would catch sales-thirsty publishers attention. 

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Readers: The Ultimate Feedback Channel for Self-Published Authors

It’s funny how news outlets, ours included, almost bypass the most fundamental feedback channel when reporting on what’s hot in the book industry, readers! As an author chances are the ultimate goal is to achieve approval from the audience, AKA readers, above all else.  Would it not help to know what readers of books in your category actually think about when deciding what makes a book worth reading, how they calculate what’s great and what’s not once a book is read, and how they become emotionally attached to certain books?

Enjoy Chapter Challenge below, an ongoing series we at selfmkt put together to help authors get into the mind of their core audience.

In today’s Chapter Challenge we pit two self-published romance novels in a battle for the ultimate in accolades, reader approval.

Books Featured in The Program:

Bodygaurd: Shifters Unbound by Jennifer Ashley versus  vs. The Beauty Within by Savannah J. Frierson

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Amazon Allows Self-Published Authors to Sell Print Books in Europe (selfmkt episode 5)

Clark discusses the recent announcement by Amazon’s POD arm CreateSpace to offer European print distribution for authors.

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Windsor Library Offers Self Publishing POD with Xeorx Espresso Book Printer (selfmkt episode 4)

On this episode of selfmkt Clark discusses the self-publishing innovation of a real to-the-touch book printing machine, courtesy of On Demand Books

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Tech Blog Pando Daily Self Publishes Facebook IPO Book in Record Time (selfmkt episode 3)

Rising tech blog Pando Daily recently self-published an e-book on the then-pending massive Facebook IPO. Clark discusses this self-publishing feat of timeliness in the selfmkt episode below.

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