Self-Publishing Explosion – Not Just Vanity Presses Anymore
September 8, 2016
Becky shared with the department and Nancy wanted to share on the blog this new Bowker study of self-publishers and the tremendous growth in their output from just five or six years ago. For example CreateSpace (Amazon’s self-publishing arm) has grown over 1000% since 2010.
In the past this might have been considered that much more to simply ignore but no longer. The list of self-publishing established authors with developed fan bases keeps growing, including Kristen Ashley and Jamie McGuire. Diary of An Oxygen Thief by Anonymous was originally self-published also. Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear by Stephen Manes has circulated nearly 90 times.
With the explosion in the supply of titles and a steady number of readers reading a steady number of books, it is going to be increasingly challenging to connect readers with the right books, but perhaps all the more appreciated for that.