Lee Foster has published his annual revision of his recent
book/e-book about the independent publishing movement, titled An Author’s Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option.
After completing fourteen books with traditional publishers, why did Lee switch to producing four books “independently” published or “indie” or “self-published”? Why does Lee now recommend this path for most authors?
This new revision notes all the significant changes in the self-publishing movement that caught Lee’s attention in the past year. The book describes Lee’s advice on the publishing of printed books (print-on-demand), e-books, books-as-websites, audiobooks, books-as-licensable-content, and special opportunities open to indie publishers, such as Chinese translation and sales in China.
Self-publishing is now an ascending practice and will continue to thrive, in Lee Foster’s assessment of the current market. More and more authors are pursuing the independent publishing dream. Technological developments make “indie” publishing more plausible with each passing year. Increasing market access for indie authors has elevated some authors onto the New York Times Best Seller list. Market access for all continues to erode the domain that traditional publishers once ruled exclusively.
The book covers the logical subjects that developed in Lee Foster’s practices, as the table of contents suggests:
- How Traditional Publishing Worked (and Sometimes Still Works)
- Why Independent Publishing, Also Known As Self-Publishing, Arose
- Why Independent Publishing Today and Tomorrow May Be Your Most Viable Option
- Your Print-on-Demand Book
- Your Ebook Distribution
- Your Book Content as a Website/Blog, Funded Partly by Advertising
- Your Social Media Outreach
- Your Book Marketing Strategy
- Your Need for Quality Design in Independent Publishing
- Your Book’s Possible Specialized Adaptations, such as an Audiobook and Chinese Translation
Many modern authors are restless with their traditional publishing options. They may find some comfort in the self-publishing trajectory described in this book. Lee Foster had a positive experience with his traditional publishing partnerships in the past. It’s just that, with all the new opportunities, “indie” seems much more appealing to him.