Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Apple stepping into the Indie Author Game...

Question: Who needs a publishing house?

Answer: Apparently not many people; according to a recent article in the New York Times, "On Tuesday Apple will include a feature that organizes a group of popular self-published e-books together and then gives them prominent display on iBookstore." What does this mean to you and I? A lot, the exposure that Apple offers is in the millions and it should be a mission for every indie author to try to get on the "Breakout Books" list. This being said, According to a quote in the New York times, Smashwords founder, Mark Coker had this to say,
“Apple is helping to shape a brighter, more democratized future for book publishing."
Why people love indies: Indie authors allow readers to enjoy books at a lower cost of published works. You no longer need an uptight literary agent, or that query letter; and definitely do not need a manuscript to be sent to publishing houses across the nation. The writer has control of their work, a reader doesn't need to be told what to read because they choose to read a book based on their interest, not what is trending.

It was why I even began reading indie authors when I purchased my Kindle, and I have found my passion. I have become close with some authors, like Rhonda Raymond Dennis, who has taken me under her wing so I too could flourish in my own writing. Indie authors truly want their colleagues success, and apart of their cheering squad when they get the click publish on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. This is why this service that Apple is offering is so great, because they will have yet another way to promote one and another and wish each other success.

Final Thoughts: I wish all my indie author followers success in this new venture and I will keep you updated on the progress of new technology.

Cited: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/apple-to-highlight-self-published-books/