It seems self-publishing has brought out the writer in many of us. It has always been an option, but it was an option that required a financial commitment up front. Now, publishing on-line is relatively painless. I have no idea of how many self-published books are on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, etc. And I’m sure there are almost as many different reasons that people have gone that route.
I’m not a social kind of person. If I weren’t married to such a lovely, out-going woman, I may never get out of the house (except to go to work and buy groceries). I’m also not an online kind of person. I have this blog and a Facebook page only because I’ve published some books and I have to have an online presence (not that it helps much).
I may not have ever written these books if it hadn’t been for online publishing. I’ve tried to go through publishers and agents in the past and have never been lucky (or good) enough to land a contract. I’ve not done the blog tours and such. But for me, that’s okay. I love writing. I love the characters and their interactions. I love the storylines and figuring out where they are going. I like reading the things I write.
I guess one of the perks of online publishing is that writers can now write what they want, not necessarily just what readers want. It doesn’t matter what the trend in readership is; the writer can write what he/she wants. Of course, that may mean that not very many books get sold. But since it didn’t cost anything to publish the book…
What I’m saying is, don’t overlook the self-publish authors. There are some good books online written by people who love what they do. Which brings me around to my new book. (Yes, this is shameless self-promotion.) I have released book 2 of the Lions and Lambs Saga, entitled A Reckoning of Lions and Lambs. It is the sequel to A Gathering of Lions and Lambs and pick up right after book 1 leaves off.
The Lions and Lambs Saga follows Jacob Trimble, a high school student, who is left all alone after a world-wide viral plague kills everyone he knows. He begins to think he may be the only human left alive, but then finds other teenagers and younger kids who also survived. He founds a community of survivors and becomes its leader, not knowing what that kind of leadership requires. In book 2, Jacob learns just how difficult it is to have everyone depend on him for their continued survival. It is a character-driven, emotionally charged story that doesn’t follow the typical post-apocalyptic genre.
Try it out. Maybe you’ll like it.