Thursday, August 28, 2014

If…Then


Copyright © 2013 Amber Scott
Originally published by 1st Turning Point, 2009
Don’t tell my five-year old son, but I am no trendsetter. I started my little writing experiment, the Amber Scott Project, not to start a trend so much as to explore an existing one. In summary, In January 2010, I’ll self-publish my manuscript, Play Fling, on Scribd.com, Amazon Kindle, and Smashwords.com while maintaining my publishing rights and simultaneously submitting it to agents and editors. My goal is to compare and contrast self-publishing and epublishing and to see if self-publishing can be part of a name building platform for an author. Perhaps more.
Three months, two edit rounds and three book cover attempts in, this week I found the self-publishing idea is catching. The November issue of Romance Writers Report includes, “Self-Publishing: Pros and Cons” by Patricia Simpson, wherein the author details her own experience. Also, author JA Konrath, an imaginative self-promoter, shares sales comparisons between his Kindle published versus Hyperion Press published work on his blog. Both authors’ numbers and experiences are compelling. Granted, each has already built an audience but, maybe an author can make it on his/her own. Moreover, maybe they should.
These authors make a point I find is also my primary concern: Can an inexperienced author accurately judge their own work as publishable, let alone have the resources to properly edit it, and the technical skills to self-publish it? Five years ago, when I began writing seriously, I thought I’d nailed this writing thing. Looking back? Not at all. Do I now? I don’t know. But then, who really decides?
The whole concept excites me, and intimidates me. If any writer at any level can put their work out there for sale, how does that affect the market as a whole? Won’t this compromise the integrity of authorship, the respect of peers? I’ve decided it can’t hurt to try, to learn. Ultimately, whether sent to an agent or put up on a website, we are responsible for our own product, and as the publishing world evolves, more and more, we are responsible for our own marketing, too.
Simpson decides between going it on her own and traditional publishing, writing, “As for me, I like writing too much to want to put on a sales & marketing hat every other day.” But, can self-publishing become a part of your marketing platform alongside the blog, website, social networking and other tools to connect with readers? Well, why not? An ISBN# isn’t necessary, an author maintains all rights. Even piracy becomes less a worry with these huge sites. Scribd.com has a fingerprinting system designed especially for piracy protection. An author can sell a work inexpensively or offer it for free and even involve readers in the writing process. Those readers already looking to alternatives can find a good read-yours.

The industry itself is changing. Editors are now website directors as well. Agents are now authors. Kate Spade has electronic book reader covers for sale. Where self-publishing will take us, remains to be seen. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the bumpy ride.
Amber Scott runs. Her feet hit earth while her heart chases fire. Her worlds are made of magick, redemption, attraction and transformation. While she has wanted to be an author her entire life, her dream finally came true seven years ago. Through life's twists and turns, her fiction and fans carry her forward. She makes her home in Arizona with her amazing children, where each day she gets to live her own inspiring love story. Someday she hopes to share it.







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