I wrote last week to tell you about the devastating effect the traditional publishing industry has had on the good people of the book world–the writers. I now want to tell you about one hope we have of escaping their iron grasp. I created an e-zine and gave it away for free. It has moved great numbers and hit number one. We the People have shown that we will read independent books by independent authors, and ever since the release of the magazine we have been buying these books in larger quantities. Novel Reads by Novel Ideas (free on Amazon through this Thursday) has proven that the world is hungry for new talent and new ideas. The traditional publishing industry would have you believe that independent authors are somehow lesser, somehow not as talented; and yet, I have seen hundreds of writers as talented as those picked up by publishers, but they are for the most part ignored, forgotten, passed-over, left to languish on the sidelines.
What do we have to do to become a known author? We have to forget about the stale, old and broken author’s dream, and we have to then create a brand new dream. Perhaps a brand new world?
This new author’s world will give all authors the chance to reach the top. We will have to work hard, but haven’t we always? We the People have always striven for the best; and only when told we can’t have it, have we roared that we can. This new publishing world will depend on out-of-the-box ideas such as e-zines and free giveaways. This new author’s world will also encourage rivals to the big publishing companies. It will create opportunities for new bookselling websites and brand new bestselling authors will emerge all over the world.
I have a dream…
A dream that one day independent authors will be taken as serious alternate choices and accepted as writers without the arbitrary stamp from the “evil empire” of publishers weighing them down. A dream that as an independent author, your book will sit on a bookshelf next door to the latest traditional bestseller. A dream that one day that the traditional bestseller will sit at number two as your book heads the bestseller lists. I dream of the day when there will be no way to tell the difference between the books of independent and traditional authors. Each will be made the same size, shape and printed on the same quality paper. There will be no more bullying by the traditional publishers to make the self-published author’s book stand out as a self-published book. Have you ever wondered why your CreateSpace paperback is bigger? The traditional publisher exercises its muscle on the printer to make your book bigger and lessen its appeal. You aren’t allowed to share their space or their customers.
To hell with that. We the People deserve every opportunity, and this e-magazine is the keystone. As a PR, I will work outside of their rules; I will be new, different, and I expect to see the birth of a world I dream of. I expect my dream to blossom and grow until it becomes the norm. That’s when we will know that we have created equality in the book world.
I would like to hear from you if you would like to feature in the next issue of “Novel Reads By Novel Ideas.” This is a magazine for all who love the joy of books. Email me at Nick@nickwale.org.