Happy Fourth of July, America…. Hope it’s a good one. Now… on to business.
Some say the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
Until recently, agents and traditional publishers were publishing’s gatekeepers, deciding whose work was printed and whose was rejected. The growth of self-publishing has turned everything upside down now that anyone, anywhere, can publish, market their books, and call themselves an author. But is all this freedom a good thing?
Let’s look at the repercussions.
Glut of books/ Lack of Discovery
While reliable statistics are impossible to find, Bowker says nearly 150,000—43 percent—of all print books were self-published in 2011. But that doesn’t begin to cover ebooks, which we know total in the millions and are rising exponentially every day.
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