The odds of traditionally publishing a book are 3 in 10,000. They’re so low that you’re more likely to be audited by the IRS or born with 11 fingers or toes. That alone is why authors are looking to self-publishing to tell the story of our time and make their voices heard.
As we speak, independent authors are starting the process of publishing over 1 million books in 2022, just as they do every single year. The self-publishing process allows fiction and non-fiction authors alike to distribute their content to avid readers without the constraints traditionally publishing places upon them.
Self-publishing has a rich history — predating the internet — that began with small printing presses. These small presses have amplified significant voices of the time as well as subcultures that would have gone unnoticed. They have:
· Educated the masses
· Stimulated solidarity for a cause
· Offered individuals a mechanism to make their mark
Today, self-publishing serves the same purpose. Now, independent authors can take the process into their own hands and make their voices heard without relying on a traditional publishing house. Simply put, the story of our time in history will be told by self-published authors.
Modern Publishing Trends
In the past decade, technology has drastically shaped the publishing industry and changed its outlook. Yet, self-publishing is here to stay. The trends demonstrate that more independent authors (fiction and non-fiction alike) are choosing to forego the traditional publishing model.
Countless independent authors are hungry for the opportunity to publish their work both online and in print. Self-publishing and distributing their books directly are more efficient, less expensive, and frankly, much quicker than working with a publisher. Especially if the author is established or has an existing online following, the leverage already exists for them to publish and sell their books. Even if traditional firms improve their operations and become more efficient, it’s unlikely that they will be able to back the millions of titles that independent authors are currently penning.
Self-Publishing and Diversity in Writing
Overall, the traditional publishing industry still lacks a certain level of diversity and inclusion. This was highlighted in the “We Need Diverse Books Campaign,” which championed change. Self-publishing opens the door for authors from all walks of life to publish their perspectives and have those experiences heard. Diversity in writing should be valued, and with self-publishing, there are much fewer obstacles prohibiting this.
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