I have recently read Jessica Yadegaran’s article, “Self-publishing or Vanity Press? The Answer May Surprise You,” dated 2 September 2012 and published in the Contra Costa Times. The short text discusses the enormous success of Tina Folsom, yet another author who “gave up” on the conventional route after collecting a string of rejections (over 30) from both agents and publishers alike. Since December, 2010, Folsom has earned $1.1 million selling digital books online – and is no longer even interested in landing a deal with a major publisher!
It would seem the writing is on the wall. Presumably, the agents, editors, and others are able to figure out what will sell. Obviously – once again! – they missed the mark.
As I have quipped before, the New York Literary Mafia are clinging to a model that has failed repeatedly. I see no reason whatsoever to suffer the “slings and arrows” of these “know-it-alls” when an expedient like Kindle Direct Publishing is so readily available!