Well, the Indie market is crowded and getting more so by the day. Smashwords reports adding 6000 plus books month on month and that figure is getting larger. Finding books is difficult, as I reported in an earlier blog where I described how difficult it is to stumble across a book you know to exist without using the author name or book title. Most ebook stores allow ebooks to be partitioned by genre and use keywords to help find books the reader might like but it’s pretty random as processes go. And the Indie book world, by definition, doesn’t have a QA process: there’s a lot of material out there but some of it would appear to be speculative. Obviously the erotica market has found a new outlet and I suspect that will remain but there’s also a lot of ‘books’ being launched that are reported by Smashwords as being in the 5000 word length arena – or an essay as we used to call them. As a rule these ‘books’ are selling for $0.99, however I have seen them selling for up to $5 apiece. Incredibly, some of these offerings hit the top ten on Smashwords from time to time. They must be fantastic essays.
And now that Indie authors have shown that they can participate in cover design, blurb writing and general promotional work then I believe there will be an expectation for them to continue to be hands-on.
But none of this may happen - the mainstream may try to continue as they are whole the Indie market continues to stregthen. If they leave it too long then some other catalyst will prevail to pull together the better Indie books, and their opportunity will have been lost.
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