Why Self-Publish? … by Darla Luke
A topic on one of my subscription email loops caught my eye the other day. Several authors were discussing the wait time after sending their manuscript to an editor (at a traditional publishing house) who requested it. Do you wait two months? Six months? A year? One author said her manuscript languished on an editor’s desk for over two years. Two YEARS.
And finally it was rejected … nicely, of course.
Keep in mind, this is not sending in cold. This material was requested by an editor because she saw something in it that made her think it was interesting enough to take a closer look.
In my post last week, I talked about the Publishing Machine and their failure to adapt and change quickly. If they don’t adapt and change, they’re in danger of dying. I don’t believe all print publishers will disappear, but the incredible wait time for authors is one huge reason that self-publishing will continue to grow in popularity.
Nine self-pubbed books made the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list for the week of 7-27-12*:
Slammed by Colleen Hoover (Amazon Digital Services). This week #17 (last week #22) $2.99.
The Look of Love by Bella Andre (Amazon Digital Services). This week #28 (last week, not on the list) $4.99
Training Tessa by Lyla Sinclair (Amazon Digital Services). This week #30 (last week 78) $0.99
Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover (Amazon Digital Services). This week #31 (last week #59) $3.99
Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson (Smashwords). This week #59 (last week #295)
Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes (Amazon Digital Services). This week #85 (last week, not on the list)
Bedding the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello (Amazon Digital Services). This week #103 (last week #101) $2.99
Easy by Tammara Webber (Amazon Digital Services). This week #118 (last week #92) $3.99
For his Pleasure by Kelly Favor (B&N Digital Publishing). This week #138 (last week #147) $0.99
I couldn’t find the two that Maggie Jaimeson brought to my attention last week:
Wool (Omnibus Edition) by Hugh Howey, Broad Reach Publishing – SF/Fantasy. (last week #99)
The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind, Revel Studios (last wee##142).
If you know where they landed on the list this week, please speak up and let me know!
*I’m human and do make mistakes (a shock to my friends, I’m sure!). If there’s a book on this week’s list that I missed, please let me know. If I misspelled/mistyped an author’s name or book title, I’m extremely sorry.
Posted on July 28, 2012, in General and tagged best selling books, books, Darla Luke, print publishers, publishing, See Jane Publish, self-publishing, traditional publishing, USA today best seller list, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.