At this time last year, epublishing wasn't a thought that ever crossed my mind. Ever. I did belong to the masses that thought that self-publishing was a bad word, a badge of shame to be worn by those not good enough to make it.
I have to admit, even in November when I first started, I was a little hesitant to explain my publishing situation. People would say, 'oh, I hear you have a book published', and I would tell them that it was only epublished. In the few months since November, I have a new-found confidence. And it's not just because I've been lucky to sell a few books.
It's from watching everybody else.
I check out the Writers' Cafe on Kindle Boards at least once a day and am constantly motivated and inspired by what I see there. Here are some actual post headlines from the last few days:
Congrats to Victorine (she made #81 on the USA Today bestseller list)
Whoa, cracked the UK top ten
Just hit 10,000 sales for Out of Time
Movie Deal? It might happen (for Amanda Hocking)
The Big Countdown to 10,000
1,000 True Fans
I did it! I broke 10,000 sales!!!
Selling 1000 books a month
Holy Cats! I made the New York Times ebook bestseller list!!! #31
I am now twenty sales away from selling 500 books on Amazon
And that's just a sample, people on Kindle Boards are hitting best-seller lists, getting agents, getting traditional publishing deals, getting foreign publishing deals, having an Oscar-nominated screenwriters option their books for a screenplay (congrats Amanda Hocking!), selling tens, selling hundreds, selling thousands, selling tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, maybe a million copies this year (again, Amanda), paying the electric bill, paying the car payment, paying the mortgage, making a living, quitting the day job...
I'm running out of breath even typing these.
But this says it all. I'm proud to be an epublished author, and no more do I try to explain it away. I'm so lucky to be surrounded by successful, hardworking people who make me want to put my best work out there so I can be just like them someday.
And so it's for all of you awesome indie/epub authors that I present: