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Welcome to disruption. 26-year old Amanda Hocking is the best-selling "indie" writer on the Kindle store, meaning she doesn't have a publishing deal, Novelr says.
And she shouldn't. She gets to keep 70% of her book sales -- and she sells around 100,000 copies per month. By comparison, it's usually thought that it takes a few tens of thousands of copies sold in the first week to be a New York Times bestselling writer.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 2:49 pm (utc) on Mar 1, 2011]
You held this up as the future of publishing. It is not. It is the future of dreck
You held this up as the future of publishing. It is not. It is the future of dreck, and as such it is no different from the past of dreck, which includes Barbara Cartland and any of those other drones who have spewed out endless dreck. All that is different is the medium. There is nothing to be learned here about new technology. It is about dreck, pure and simple.
Following the current trend it's obvious that Amazon the bookseller is positioned itself as Amazon the book publisher as well, pushing Harper Collins, Random House, etc. out the window eventually. Not only is Amazon the publisher, they're selling the digital reader, the Kindle.
Geez can't I have an intelligent converstion with somebody other than savages
There are people who approach their work like it is a vehicle to get money with which they will then have a life. And then there are people who actually want to have a life right now, independent of the money they produce, to enjoy what they are doing right now, which includes their work, and to maintain some self-respect while doing it. Big difference. Has nothing to do with sour grapes or any of that. It is a different choice and it allows people to see things from a different perspective than the all-is-dreck perspective.