Two-time RITA winner Connie Brockway recently announced that she’s going rogue and self-publishing two of her books (and probably more later). You can read about her reasons here. The first mentioned was monetary, but there was another one that I’ll share:
Over the last couple years, as print publishers have been facing numerous financial crises, it has felt like they’ve become less likely to buy a book that doesn’t fit snugly within the parameters of last month’s success and since last month’s success was dictated by the previous month’s success (and so forth and so on) there hasn’t been a whole lot of room left in which to play. And I dearly love to play.
There’s evidence that there’s a huge pool of readers out there who got left behind while the legacy publishing houses were tightening their parameters, and who are starving for a gritty western or an gentle American or a bloody medieval or, blush, an off kilter sheik story. Why, Masha Canham has topped 6000 eBook sales on Kindle since the first of the year re-issuing her wonderful pirate novel, Swept Away. And she’s done so without benefit of a Facebook page or one single tweet. Because there’s an audience who have been waiting, hunting and searching for a pirate saga. With eBooks, those readers can once again find those that speak to their romantic fantasy, not necessarily everyone else’s.
In the end, that was one of the reasons I became an indie author. I’ve come close to selling but my books don’t seem to write to the parameters. Michelle Diener’s historical, ILLUMINATIONS, will be out in August. Her books are amazing and brilliant, and I know this Tudor-set series is going to be a HUGE hit. But the thing is, she’s written other amazing and brilliant books that she couldn’t sell because of the parameters. As her critique partner, I got to read them and I LOVED them. I know that other readers would love them, too. But that’s something mainstream publishing wasn’t ready to take a chance on. (Though that could change after she becomes a bestselling author… )
I used to be a big reader of historical romances. But I’ve read the “I married a Duke” type book too often and don’t want to read it again, no matter how wonderfully it’s written. I want something new and fresh. Will I be one of Connie’s readers? You bet I will.
What kind of books would you like to read — or have read in a self-published book — that you’re not seeing on the bookshelves?