I found this article this morning as I was researching news about literary agents. Mark Coker is one of the founders of Smashwords.com, one of the best indie publishing platforms available. I have used both Smashwords and CreateSpace (Amazon’s self -pub), and both have their strengths; however, I would say Smashwords has the easiest interface with a huge list of retailers that will accept your book into their catalogs, if you follow the Smashwords publishing guide – which is free.
This post by Mark Coker looks at the future of indie publishing and some of the road blocks that are being put in place by big retailers like Amazon. He shows how KDP and KU are being used to gain back control of pricing from indie authors. This is well worth a read.
Mark Coker, Contributor
2018 Book Publishing Predictions – Are Indie Authors Losing their Independence?
Welcome to my annual publishing predictions post where I prognosticate about the future and share my views on the state of the indie nation.
Each year around this time I polish off my imaginary crystal ball and ask it what the heck is going to happen next.
My crystal ball was a bit surly this year. The first thing it told me was, “you don’t want to know.” Less than helpful.
The second thing it told me was, “Re-reread your 2017 predictions. 2018 is going to play out as a continuation of last year.”
That’s a little more helpful. Most of my predictions for 2017 were pretty close.
When I think about the future, I start by looking at the past and then I look for patterns and trends.
What are the entrenched macro trends and forces that, like gravity, are likely to continue in the same direction for many years to come? And how will these trends impact what they touch, and how will that change the course of the future?
It’s a fun exercise, even when what I see doesn’t fit within the rim of rose-colored glasses.
By imagining possible outcomes, we can formulate strategies for the future, or we can take steps to prevent that future from happening.
Things are tough out there for most authors.
This is nothing new. Authorship has always been a tough business. Even before the rise of indie authorship, most traditionally published authors still had to maintain day jobs to make ends meet.