Communion Of Dreams

Doesn’t break my heart.
October 18, 2011, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Alzheimer's, Amazon, Failure, Predictions, Promotion, Publishing, Writing stuff

As I’ve said before, traditional publishing is essentially broken. My experiences with working with a small independent publisher to get Communion of Dreams to press, and having that go screwy only confirm my thoughts on the matter. Certainly, the process of trying to find a publisher for CoD and then a year ago for Her Final Year haven’t changed my mind at all.

So it doesn’t break my heart to read an article like this:

Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal

SEATTLE — has taught readers that they do not need bookstores. Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers.

Amazon will publish 122 books this fall in an array of genres, in both physical and e-book form. It is a striking acceleration of the retailer’s fledging publishing program that will place Amazon squarely in competition with the New York houses that are also its most prominent suppliers.

* * *

Publishers say Amazon is aggressively wooing some of their top authors. And the company is gnawing away at the services that publishers, critics and agents used to provide.

Her Final Year hasn’t yet found the audience I expected it would. Maybe it never will. Maybe it would with a major publishing house behind it. Maybe we’ll just get lucky, and get some good word-of-mouth going on it (you can help, hint, hint…).

But regardless, Communion of Dreams (my novel) has been downloaded over 33,000 times in the last four years, and by any measure that’s an indication that there is an audience out there for it. Yet my years of trying to find a publisher for it have always ended in frustration – even after I had received an offer to publish it, as well as communications from several other publishers that they thought it was an excellent book, but ‘just not quite what we’re looking for…’

So yeah, forgive me if I don’t shed a tear for the traditional publishers, and whatever services they supposedly provided. Self-publishing is the new reality. If Amazon wants to tie into that with a new model for publishing, then good – it can’t be any worse than the way things don’t work now.

Jim Downey

(Cross posted to the Her Final Year blog.)

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My friend Steve Hyde just had his second book accepted by Amazon for publishing. They have also indicated interest in the third one, which he is currently polishing. It seems like that and Lulu are the new way to get out there. Traditional outlets seem to be failing at an alarming rate.

Comment by Jane

Congrats to your friend, and I couldn’t agree more with the assessment. After I get back from a vacation we start next week, and see to another big project, I think the next item at hand will be to make CoD available for Kindle and paperback. No reason not to, that I can see.

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