Thursday, June 23, 2011

The rise of the indie author

Catch Your Death and Killing Cupid, by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards 
Louise Voss and Mark Edwards failed to get a conventional publishing deal for their two thrillers

As American John Locke becomes the first self-published writer to sell a million Kindle electronic books, the first "indie authors" to top the UK e-books chart explain their success.

Fed up that your latest masterpiece has failed to make it out of the literary agents' "slush piles" of unread manuscripts?
Self-publishing - paying a printer to run off a few hundred copies - has long been available as a last resort to frustrated amateur authors.
But it does not come cheap, and the chances of having a hit are virtually non-existent - it's with good reason that the practice is known as "vanity publishing".
Help appears to be at hand in the form of websites on which writers can publish their novels and sell them as e-books for electronic readers such as the Kindle.
On the face of it, the rise of such technology has the potential to democratise the publishing process.

British authors Louise Voss and Mark Edwards gave up on their dream of writing a bestseller years ago when their two finished thrillers failed to attract the attention of publishers.
Louise Voss and Mark Edwards
But when Edwards, who is the marketing director of a student finance website, bought an e-book reader last autumn and heard about Amazon's free direct publication system, he sensed a second chance

Full piece at BBC News.

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