Self-Publishing Going Mainstream

Change is a constant thing in this world – a cliché which is proven and tested. Not one thing stays as it is. And changes often end up with altered perceptions. A shift, then, happens.


Self-publishing, a form of publishing, is a good option for writers who’d want to do the business of selling their books, as well- a writer-slash-businessman. Self-publishing is possible with no huge costs. Know the facts and not the misconceptions. With it, one may realize that self-publishing is for real. It is an option for first resort and not the least. There are facts that support the self-publishing gaining its regard.


BBC announced that the speedy increase in self-published books across the world has caused major publishing firms to restructure. It is because, a few years ago, self-publishing was viewed as the option of last resort for authors. But this attitude is changing dramatically. Self-publishing is going mainstream.

The 2012 ISBNs show nearly 60 percent more self-published books than in 2011. It also reveals that in 2012, self-published titles jumped to more than 391,000 over the year 2011. And E-books continue to gain on print, comprising 40 percent of the ISBNs over 2011.


Another is that, according to a source, in 2008, for the first time in history, more books were self-published than those published traditionally. In 2009, 76% of all books released were self-published, while publishing houses reduced the number of books they produced.

If it was thought of that self-publishing is for last resort and does not sell well, there are loads of respected authors who have gone self-publishing. It includes, Martin LutherWalt WhitmanEmily DickinsonNathaniel HawthorneJane Austen, and Derek Walcott. Even the contemporary writer, J.K. Rowling had her Harry Potter series sold through e-book versions.


With self-publishing gaining its esteem, it is safe to say that change is inevitable. Though, perceptions vary. But change may spring from open-mindedness and optimism. One may never know, trying out a different road is the way to the publishing dream. It could be the road that will alter your perspective.


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