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Thoughts on Self-Publishing in 2019

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I’ve written a few posts in the past on the “Traditional versus Self-Publishing” debate. As someone who has work released through both channels, it is something I periodically reflect on. Mostly on the self-publishing side, because it changes very rapidly in comparison to the iceberg-like pace of the traditional publishing industry.

This week I listened to a podcast interview with a small publisher, and he spoke about the self-publishing landscape as retracting. Not from the content standpoint, but from the perspective of readers becoming more selective in their purchases.

This coincides with something I’ve been feeling now for a while, which is that self-publishing, specifically through Amazon, is no longer a viable path for a majority of writers. It’s in no way a slam against indie authors. For the few who are making it work, that’s awesome, and certain segments of the industry (mainly Romance) are reaping the majority of their sales through it. But for the average “aspiring author” who is creating literary fiction or writing in a broad genre like “YA”, fantasy, or science fiction, traditional publishing seems to be the way to go in 2019.

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Does Amazon Hurt Author Creativity?

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I’ve wanted to post about this subject for a while, but haven’t gotten around to. It was only after listening to an episode of the Rocking Self Publishing podcast that the question resurfaced in my mind and I wanted to pen my thoughts.

First, this is NOT a gripe or attack post on Amazon. I use their Kindle Direct Publishing platform to self-publish my work, and I think they have done writers a great service by removing “gatekeepers” and releasing some great books that might otherwise have languished forever in some publishing house slush pile.

My concern surrounds the idea of book quality and how author creativity might actually be stifled by the cottage industries that have sprung up around the behemoth.

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