Main Stream Publishers, sit up and take notice. No, you did long ago; this won’t take you by surprise. You’re certainly aware of the creeping threat to your previously unrockable domain.
Print-On-Demand, et al.
Serious readers of any genre you care to name can remain locked to their devices 24/7 from now on without ever again having to buy another paper novel or even visit their libraries. Now for free, too. Well, it is bait to hook you back to the author you suddenly can’t get enough of and actually have to – gulp – pay for.
Well, 24/7 for those of us who don’t have to work. Or sleep.
Leaving you with the touchy-feely readers, who, thankfully, have not yet died out, and have not succumbed to overpowering guilt about the forests that still need to be pulped.
While still faithfully appreciating the ARC copies you send to us reviewers, I will be taking a serious look at those authors who have taken to self-pub in the hope, and self belief, of being noticed. And they will have to put up with entirely honest feedback and opinion which will, hopefully, be a help and guide to their efforts rather than a blast of CO2 on their fires. Or Kindles. Sadly, I’ll be discerning as to my choice of new author – sorry, just new to me, that is – and I’m going to give up a lot sooner if I start yawning than I would with a paperback mailed to me. Standards must needs remain high, editing and proofreading are no less a must and as many reviews as possible, while not the ultimate accolade, make a good guide.
A big fat thank you to all the marketing aids out there who have made introductory Freebies available to give lesser known authors some Promo, and give the financially challenged bookworms some quality reading. Amongst some not-so-quality stuff…
From the authors’ point of view, I would like to stress that readers ought to at least pay for their freebie reads by doing the authors the courtesy of assessing the work honestly with one to five stars, or better still, a brief review on the various readers platforms available; Amazon, Goodreads, etc. Keep in mind that Amazon do not yet always bridge the reviews between their various continental outlets.
Go on, do that.
Not really nothing for nothing in this world…
to name but a few.