By learning how to self publish a book, an author can produce work that will not only be out there in readerland, possibly earning money from the start, but could also lead directly to a big traditional book deal.
Here is how:
- A writer writes a Really Good Book (note… the book has to be really good…)
- The writer self publishes the book as an e-book on Amazon.com (note… it has to be on Amazon.com…)
- The writer markets the e-book and it begins to sell, then sells some more (note… the odds on the book selling – even with marketing – are slightly better than winning the lottery, and slightly worse than being nibbled by a shark near a beach in Florida)
- The e-book rises in rank on the Amazon.com bestseller list (note… the rank rise is directly related to the previous bullet…)
- Traditional publishers, who are watching the Amazon.com lists, decide to take a chance on the already proven sales of the writer and her e-book (no note required)
- Amazon.com, seeing that traditional publishers are beginning to poach the self published shoals of profitably-selling books, jumps in and offers the writer a traditional-style book deal directly (note… meaning that Amazon.com is not only a place where an writer can self publish a book, but it is also a traditional-style publishing house itself.)
This pathway to traditional publishing has already happened for some now-big-name writers, and is happening more and more. In a related, but reversed, scenario, some traditionally-published authors are beginning to self publish their work, relying on their existing fan-base.
It does, however, all come down to sales.
Write a really good book, self publish it as an e-book, market it well, and…. voila! (maybe…)
My first self published book was only a print book, and will soon be available as an e-book. Let’s see how it goes!