It turns out the Kindle publishing platform offered by Amazon is playing a very large role in creating a living income for quite a few authors, according to a recent review by independent publisher/writer Robin Sullivan. And although I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting the lady, I understand from what I’ve read that she really should know about such things: She and her novelist husband, Michael J. Sullivan, have both published via Kindle and hence have detailed experiences of their own to draw on.
But in addition, she’s complied a fascinating report on what’s happening with several “mid-list” (to use a traditional publishing term) authors regarding Kindle success. It makes a fascinating read if you’re interested in indie publishing and especially Kindle publishing. Take a look for yourself: “The New Midlist: Self-published E-book Authors Who Earn a Living.”
In that fascinating blog post, Ms. Sullivan makes passing reference to several excellent resources that I think deserve your attention if/when you decide to publish on Kindle, or if you simply want to find out more about Kindle publishing and a ton of “great reads” available on Kindle. I want to call your attention especially to the “Writers’ Cafe” and the Kindle Board forums in general. You can easily spend hours (even days??) at those forums if you’re a book lover or Kindle lover or both. I have to tear myself away when I do go there, because it’s very easy to let all the information and people at those boards become a “time suck” that’ll keep you away from your writing. (I’m an expert at that myself — letting things keep me away from my writing, that is. Undisciplined slob might describe me better.)
At any rate, Robin Sullivan makes a convincing case for the great potentials offered by Kindle and other electronic self-publishing platforms. She and her husband are not alone in their experiences by any means. Another friend/acquaintance/writing mentor of mine, Holly Lisle, shares the same enthusiasm. Holly, in fact, is turning her entire writing focus as quickly as she can to self-publishing with a strong focus on Kindle. In Holly’s case, she simply got finally royally PO’d with mistreatment and disappearing titles at the hands of traditional publishers. After studying her options, she clearly saw the answer is to take her back-list novels (she’s got many; she’s a great writer) and turn them into Kindle/Nook books, etc., giving her a terrific source of new ideas and new income.
So, my recommendation to you? Now that NaNoWriMo is over, you can take that new manuscript, get it spiffed and polished, and perhaps publish it yourself on Kindle …
(Confession: I failed to complete a NaNoWriMo manuscript myself again this year. But then, who says we have to be restricted to a 30-day-once-a-year writing binge anyway? I’m still optimistic about getting a novel completed and “Kindled” within the next 6 months to a year.)