I love how far we've quickly come as self-published authors. It feels like only yesterday, when I admitted I self-published some short stories, I was looked down upon by other writers. I'm sure the 'can't get published so he does it himself' snide remark was bandied about, but it didn't bother me. I released things the way I wanted to, and damn the consequences.
And I did it for almost 25 years, since the mid-90's with Black Moon Magazine, then Carnifex Press, into Rymfire eBooks and now Rymfire Books.
Hell, I got into publishing to begin with because I wanted to put out books I wanted to read, and the easiest way for me was to release them myself. I still do. Some of my favorite books are ones I put out, and isn't that the way it should be?
My first official novella-length release by another author will be Slash of Crimson by Carl R. Moore, and I'm putting it out because it's one of the best books I've read this year.
I'm never going to be misinterpreted as a Big Publisher and not even as a Pro market, because I'm not interested in going toe to toe with the big boys or even the great small presses out there. I have no desire to hire staff, set a permanent release schedule, look for foreign rights and reprints of great old horror tales, or win awards and a Stoker or two. Hey, if that stuff falls into place, bonus! But the goal was never to get there; the goal was and always will be to put out cool things for me to read. Simple as that. And that's what's amazing about all of this. There are some great self-published writers today that had no outlet yesterday, before eBooks revolutionized the way we read, like MP3 did to music and VOD to film.
Is JA Konrath's way the best way? How about Scott Nicholson? How about a dozen others who paved the way, found their avenue and ran with it… I like to think my way is the best way for me, because it's mine. It's parts of all the above authors, and I pick and choose what works for me. Because I can.
And so can self-published authors, who put out quality releases every couple of weeks or couple of months or couple a year… the point is, they can do it however they want.
Without all this I would've never read most of the authors I love right now. I won't have to wait another year for one of my favorite authors to release a sequel or a new book that redefines what their niche is.
I buy eBooks because of the better price, the amount I can carry in my Kindle, and because it's the best way to read short stories or collections.
Will all this change and the technology grow so quickly we'll all look back on this time in 18 months and wish for the old days? Maybe. Perhaps the Kindle will eventually be updated so many times and with so many new bells and whistles it will rise up and kill us all.
Who can say? That's the beauty of the times we're living in.
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