Recently, more and more Indie Authors got picked up by major publishing houses. It’s save to say that it became a trend. It started with the rais of the New Adult genre and I believe one of the first authors was Jamie McGuire with Beautiful Disaster (Correct me if I’m wrong here).
Since then more and more and more books got picked up. Authors are smart enough to generate an immense hype about their books before the release. Then when the book finally is available on all the eBook resellers. BOOM … the books hits straight into the Top whatever list.
Publishers see this, get interested and offer a contract!
Truly, this is an amazing time being an author who decided to self-publish. If your story hits the right audience your book can hit the stars and finally get you a big deal.
Ten Tiny Breath – aquired by Atria Books | Reason To Breath – aquired by Razorbill
So, why is this happening now?
Do Indie Authors just get better and better and know how to do the right marketing for their books?
Or, was it always like this, just now the Readers are more inclined to pick up an Indie Book because they know by know there are true gems among them ?
But maybe… the publishers changed too. Now, they see that there are Authors who are brave enough to do this publishing journey on their own but who are brilliant authors?
I admit, I have been a little cautious for some time with self – published books.
Now? I’m totally over this fear! And interestingly a lot of books I buy are self -published books. I mean, the prize is awesome and for $0.99 -3.99 I have an easy “click-buy and try” finger.
Does it change your mind when you hear a book is picked up by a major publishing house? Be honest here… because I am – sometimes it totally does.
What do you think about this trend? Might it even makes sense to first try and self-pub before you wait month and month to find an agent and an publisher on your own?
I’d love to hear the sites from readers but also the side from Indie Authors!