By Team Cephalopress
Publishing is a business. Writing may be art, but publishing when all is said and done, comes down to dollars
– Nicholas Sparks
The world being the way it is, has enabled writers of all genres and descriptions to succeed and to suffer. The internet has allowed writers to share their work with the world, and even to self-publish, however, where some succeed, most continue to fail. The big 5 of publishing, formerly the big 6, control over 80 % of the market.
What does this mean? Essentially, as an author, unless you are published by one of these powerhouses, your book is likely to be lost, buried and soon forgotten, in a crowded marketplace. Despite the illusion of opportunity presented by the internet-centric world we live in, there is little chance of success.
However, as Mr Sparks has stated, for the big five, it’s all about the dollars. So how can independent publishers rise from their shadows? The key is not to worry about the money, but to focus on the art. As long as independent publishers continue to work in this way, there will always be new waves of renegade fiction, the true literary, the brave and the bold, ebbing the tides of our literary world.
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