I’m a tiny atom bonding with readers

reaction of joined imaginations

I think I can speak on behalf of most indie authors by saying that it’s frustrating to be a quantum particle in a vast universe of reading choices. Visibility is the number one barrier to authors finding readers, and it’s a small atomic miracle that a few people every month stumble across my fiction and make purchases. I’m grateful to at least be swirling in a cosmos of infinite choice and making some connections. Independent digital publishing gave me this gift.

An article published at Which-50, a digital intelligence company based in Australia, sums up the altered landscape of book publishing, particularly ebook publishing. The author described the new growth within the industry as “explosive, but invisible.” Independent publishing by thousands of authors and small digital publishing houses and their attendant publishing-as-a-service companies are growing the industry as the large publishing houses, known as the Big 5, stick to big-name famous authors with a focus on the print market.

The author cited Data Guy at Authorearnings.com who has calculated that indie authors hold 30 to 40 percent of the global ebook market. Also quoted is a former Big Five publisher who has turned independent. He said that “atomisation rather than destruction” will be the force at play in the future.

He explained that large publishing companies will claim the big fiction brands while indies and small presses command the genre markets. This will result in a huge but spread out market.

This is where I fall. I’m an atom that bonds with a few readers at a time. Individual readers come across my work, and we bond for a while before we part ways, and my fiction goes on to seek another reader with which to build a magic molecule of the imagination.

Although my success has been modest due to having visibility in the marketplace that approaches zero, the market forces at play are very validating for me. They show that millions of paying readers find genre books that they enjoy that were indie published. The great gatekeepers at mega corporations had nothing to do with their publication, which in this day and age very likely means that the content was not selected to promote a narrow worldview that supports the status quo. Big Publishing is part of the media business, and that business is meant to set messaging agendas that steer society.

My artistic goals guide my fiction instead of editorial formulas that satisfy marketing departments.

My stories focus on outsiders and rebels who play by their own rules and sometimes overthrow powerful empires and religions or at least defy them and survive.

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Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

Free Ebook available at:

Brave Luck Books

Smashwords

Google Play

Kindle (confirm price. Amazon only prices matches competitors and might try to charge you 99 cents.)

Nook

iBooks

Kobo

Overdrive (Ask your library to get a copy for its digital collection. )

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Rys Rising: Book I

Free Ebook available at:

Brave Luck Books

Smashwords

Google Play

Kindle (confirm price. Amazon only prices matches competitors and might try to charge you 99 cents.)

Nook

iBooks

Kobo

Overdrive (Ask your library to get a copy for its digital collection. )

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Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale

Free Ebook available at:

Brave Luck Books

Smashwords

Google Play

Kindle (confirm price. Amazon only prices matches competitors and might try to charge you 99 cents.)

Nook

iBooks

Kobo

Overdrive (Ask your library to get a copy for its digital collection. )

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