Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Flat Out Familiar

I went to Amazon today to check on a book I ordered and this was the message from Amazon's CEO was waiting for me on my home page:
Dear Customers, 
 "Did I cry over some of these rejections? Absolutely. Did I feel inadequate, untalented, hurt? Yes. Did I doubt my ability to craft a story that readers could fall in love with? You bet."
That's Jessica Park, who hit road block after road block trying to get her book Flat-Out Love in front of readers. You can read her incredible blog post on IndieReader (also picked up by HuffPo) detailing her perseverance and how she finally succeeded by doing it herself with Kindle Direct Publishing. It's heartwarming and tells a powerful story about what KDP makes possible.
Hmm....congratulations to her, right?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

kdp has completely ruined self-publishing. used to be wannabe writers had a measure of self-censorship and not every crank who could would churn out a book. for one thing, you had to at least pay a little, so that alone made people think twice. you could easily find real gems among the stacks of self-pubbed books if you looked hard enough.

now? it's virtually impossible to find a decent self-pubbed book on amazon. they have opened the floodgates by removing all barriers to publishing. the ratio of crap to readable is like 10,000 to 1. the only thing self-pubbed authors have to pay for is fake reviews, of which there are a lot. now i won't buy anything that hasn't been vetted by a real publisher. fuck you amazon, you're ruining the book industry.