Self-publishing is big news at the moment, and with good reason.
The changes that have taken place over the last decade, and especially in the last year, have made the act of self-publishing almost free. The tools that are available – again at essentially no cost – allow individual writers to publish and make their work available in forms that look just as professional as established publishing companies.
With hard work, an ounce or two of common sense, and the ability to write something worth reading, anyone can reach out into the world and see if there’s an audience for what they have to say.
For me personally it’s become the answer to all the excuses I’ve used over the years to not complete and polish my writing to a level where it might be worthwhile for someone else to read it.
If there was ever any doubt in my mind that we are really at the tipping point of the gathering revolution in publishing, it’s a couple of pieces posted online in the last month.
Both are by Hugh Howey, the current big story on self-publishing success. I can’t frame it any better than he has, so I encourage you to take a few minutes and read his Advice To Aspiring Authors on his blog, and a piece published today in Salon: Self Publishing Is The Future And Great For Aspiring Authors.
The latter is such patent common sense that it can’t fail to attract pages of indignant commentary.