Is traditional publishing headed for obsolescence?

Just read a really inspiring article in the May, 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest, about an author who self-published . It got me thinking about the recent successes of many authors who self-published on Amazon or other ebook platform. Once upon a time authors had to submit to an agent/ publisher, hope to be picked up off the slush pile and then hope to be read, appreciated and promoted by an intermediary before reaching their readers. The ostensible trade-off was, I suppose, dedicated editing and promotion services, and many writers were disappointed when the marketing (especially) didn’t live up to their expectations or result in a best-seller.

Now writers can go directly to their readers and take charge of their own promotion and marketing. And several writers are finding that their self-publishing drives the traditional publishers to them. When you think of it, do we really even need traditional publishers anymore?

Personally, I found the AKP experience strangely liberating. Once the book was on there, I find really relieved, excited and ready to continue to work on the second book in the Coco Devine series ‘Itch’. I’d been so involved in the back and forth and editing and rewriting with the agent that this project pretty much went on the back-burner for a while. Suddenly, I’m in that zone again!


About gettingsomethenovel

Kiki Terrell is a UK-based author, businesswoman and mother of three. When’s she’s not slouched over her desk writing and laughing her head off, she’s busy playing Sudoku, eating Nutella and exploring her latest business venture (often all at the same time).
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