Every day seems to bring new alternatives to traditional big publishing. The number of small presses keeps growing. Amazon has expanded its empire to become a publishing house.
Even your agent can be your publisher these days.
Crazy, right? And then there’s self-publishing. It used to be a dirty word that made you look like an amateur if you were crazy enough to mention it around people in the know. These days, it’s coming up in more conversations, and even authors who have had relative success with traditional publishing houses in the past are finding greater financial success by self-publishing their newer works.
So what does it mean when publishing houses like Harlequin start offering self-publishing services? Does your book get more respect if Amazon publishes it for you instead of Lulu? And what about agents jumping in as e-publishers? Yes, things are heating up!
Here are three recent articles from Publisher’s Weekly on recent developments for authors and alternative publishing options. What’s your take on the future of publishing?
Agents Weigh the Growth of Alternative Publishing Options
This article talks about J.A. Konrath’s publishing deal with Amazon and the new publishing arm of Waxman Literary, Diversion Books. Now your agent can be your e-publisher as well…hmmm…
Midlist Author Tries Hybrid Self-Publishing
When I read this article, it didn’t seem like “hybrid self-publishing” to me. When you consider the fact that even if you’re published by Random House, you’re still going to have to shoulder a lot of the publicity yourself, this doesn’t seem like such a bad option.