book selling, Indie book publishing, self publishing

Indie authors and Indie book sellers unite!

For some time I have been suggesting in this blog that change in publishing is afoot. In fact, this blog started to be a place to track the indie publishing revolution. Authors have been the first to embrace the new opportunities to put their books in the hands of readers. Now it appears booksellers are also beginning to see the benefit of working with indie authors. On the blog, Shelf Awareness, Robert Gray gathers opinions from a number of key people on the changes taking place. Nancy Mills, publisher of Pie in the Sky publishing, provides this valuable insight.

Writers, publishers, booksellers and independent publishers, up until just a year or so ago, were all working independently, frequently divisively and with contempt for each other. The lines have been blurred so, now, more than ever before, it’s critical that each component work together. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts so it is my opinion that, finally, we can all play together, nicely, as opposed to separately and divisively. What benefits one, benefits all and working together, harmoniously instead of contentiously, will make the entire industry better, stronger and more vital.”

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Is Indie Publishing reaching a Tipping Point?

I am re-reading the book The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. It really is a fascinating book. Gladwell’s main point is that “epidemics” spread because of three factors: The Law of the Few; The Stickiness of a Message; and The Power of Context.

I think Indie Publishing may be reaching a Tipping Point

I have chosen this book as my current reading project, because I have had the nagging thought that Indie Publishing is at a tipping point. I find more and more people using the term to describe  what has been previously referred to as only self publishing.  A few examples come to mind. First, Outskirts Press, who is a competitor to Author Solutions, invites authors to join the Indie Revolution in banner ads. Writers Digest, a publication that has not been highly favorable toward self publishing has a book on their site titled,  The Indie Author Guide.  Finally, as reported previously, The San Francisco Writers conference has dubbed their writing contest, the Indie Publishing contest.  Now, there are still critics and naysayers, but I think Indie authors may finally be gaining the respect and mainstream acceptance Indie film makers and musicians enjoy.  If so, 2011 should be and even better year for authors.

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Jann Robbins talks about how indie publishing has helped bring Harold Robbins back for a new generation

Most people probably don’t realize that Harrold Robbins was one of the best-selling American authors of all time. During his career, he wrote over 25 best-sellers and sold more than 750 million copies in 32 languages.  Unfortunately because of the radical changes in publishing his books had fallen out of print and were not available in ebook format. His widow Jann Robbins wanted to change that. In this interview, she talks about how she came to the decision and how AuthorHouse helped her make that dream come true. I think you will enjoy it.