Self-Publishing in the Age of E
It's no secret that the increased access to digital distribution has dramatically changed the book publishing industry. One shift has been in the self-publishing space. Self-publishing was once seen by mainstream publishers as a last-ditch alternative for authors who could not get a traditional publishing deal. No longer. The international success of the originally self-published series Fifty Shades of Grey has reinforced the notion that bestsellers may be lurking in places other than the traditional slush pile, while igniting a rush to find the next E.L. James. How is this changing things for writers? Literary agents? Those looking for content in ancillary industries like Hollywood?
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- As an author, what does it take to find success self-publishing?
- How are editors approaching self-published material? How different is it than their approach towards agented material?
- What are literary agents looking for, when it comes to self-published material?
- What kinds of self-publishing projects are literary agents proposing to their existing clients? And is there a conflict of interest when one of these projects involves publishing, and the agent suddenly becomes the publisher?
- Has the success of 50 Shades of Grey, which Universal and Focus features optioned for millions, caused a shift in the way producers/studios think about self-published material? Or, are people in Hollywood simply looking for copycat erotic material in the vein of 50 Shades?
Rachel Deahl Publishers Weekly