I must admit I was biased towards the eBook industry some time ago. I was wrong! My thoughts were really old-fashioned. In fact, the success of some independent authors in the eBook industry made me rethink what I had heard about the publishing industry before. After some years of a whole lot of deep thinking, I began to compare “self-published authors” (people who pay a lot of money to published their work) with people who think they sing, but they do not worry to improve their skills. In the same way, I would compare “traditional authors” with famous music artists (someone discovered their talent and give them a contract for their work), and “independent authors” with “independent music artists”.
Independent authors are those people who have talent for writing, but they do not have a contract yet. That’s it! If you pay attention, you can find very talented music artists without a contract out there; however, that doesn’t mean they are not artists. If these independent artists recorded an album, is that album bad because it wasn’t recorded by an established recording house? Of course not! So, the fact that a traditional publishing house does not give an author a contract for his/her book does not mean s/he is a bad writer, or a self-published author, if this writer eventually published a book through modern platforms. In this sense, I do make the difference between those companies who want to steal authors’ money and those platforms that make money from sales. It’s sad to say it, but sometimes publishing houses do not recognize authors’ work as they deserve and make some authors go independent. I really think that Kindle, Nook or any eBook reader are really platforms instead of vanity presses, as many traditional authors used to think. To me, vanity presses have (mis)used digital platforms to do their “businesses” so that Print-on-Demand or Kindle technology is not bad per se; they are just a means for authors’ work. This has allowed me to open my mind to understand that the difference between a vanity author vs. an independent author (or traditional author too) is that talent was there before publishing.
I consider that in order to be an independent author, a writer needs: a) to have talent before publishing any work, and b) to have a writing career (writing articles, short stories, poems, etc. for a local audience). If we analyze this, vanity authors write for luck or to get money easily but they usually don’t have talent for writing and usually don’t have an audience. Nonetheless, an independent author could probably get a contract for his/her work sooner or later because the talent is there, but not everybody knows that. For all these reasons, I have always believed in the book, and not in the publishing system. It does not matter if an author publishes her/his work through a publishing house or not, the important thing is just the content of that book.
Causes Isaias Doleo Ochoa Supports
Compassion, eXile International, World Vision