It is an exciting time to be a writer.
The rapidly-emerging technology of e-publishing has turned the book business upside down. In the traditional publishing model, authors who wanted to be published had few options. In most cases, they had to find an agent who would then find a publisher who would then assign an editor who would then "accept" or "reject" their work.
Thanks to the revolutionary advances in digital publishing, writers can now connect directly with readers and let the marketplace decide if they have written anything worth reading. Some authors call this new approach "the cure for the rejection letter blues".
Whether you are an aspiring author or a seasoned pro, the e-pub approach has many advantages for the author, placing the writer squarely in charge of the creative and publishing process.
Consider the rags-to-riches story of sci-fi author Hugh Howey, who wrote an off-beat, post-apocalyptic novel that few editors would have given a second glance. He made more than $1 million in e-books sales before it ever became a print book with Simon & Schuster.
Here's the link to articles in The Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer which prove that writers can take use this egalitarian technology to compete with main-stream publishers and control of their own destiny.
In my own case, I can’t claim that my adventures in e-publishing have made me millions. But digital publishing certainly has revived my publishing business. In the last thirty years, I have been lucky enough to publish several children’s books through the world’s largest publishers, HarperCollins, Random House and Simon & Schuster. Sadly, most of these books had gone out of print.
When I began to explore the possibilities of digital publishing, I realized that I could give these books a new life as e-books. Four years ago, I converted fourteen of my best-selling books to e-book format. They are now selling to a world-wide audience on Amazon.com. I am no technological wizard. If I could learn to create and distribute an e-book, anyone can.