I hope these predictions are true. I’d love to see a publishing landscape where quality and love for writing trumps assembly-line books. There is nothing better than a well-written, carefully-crafted book. As a reader, I want the book I’m reading to feel like the writer took their good, sweet time in creating their story. As a writer, I can’t imagine being able to crank out a book a month. It’s a struggle for me to write a book a year, these days. I would love to see “quality over quantity” become the new trend going forward.
There’s no doubt that some things are changing in the self-publishing landscape. This year has marked things I never thought I’d see when I started publishing on Amazon and Smashwords back in 2009. Back then the big thing was setting up free or cheap ebooks in order to gain a readership. Ebooks were new, and people buying e-reading devices were looking for content. This led to a boom in self-publishing I never thought I’d see. I honestly expected self-publishing to remain the redheaded step-child of the publishing world. Then somewhere around 2012-2014, it became popular and took off.
Around 2015, I started hearing about self-publishing becoming less lucrative than it used to be. Granted, there were some breaking out and making a lot of money. Some were making much more than I ever did at my peak. Some authors are still flourishing in this landscape. It seems to be mostly…
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