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It is intriguing to see the number of successful books, both fiction and non, that are not being promoted by a major publisher, or any publisher for that matter.
I have had a good experience having four of my books published by an "Indie" but am a little fearful that the day of the indie is waning if more and more authors opt to go it alone.
Amazon has what looks like a hold on the business of self-pub, and they do a very good job of it. the advantages I see are:
Almost zero cost for an e-book.
A much greater profit for the author.
Control over pricing and promotional giveaways.
For those (like me) who want a soft cover edition, there are printers out there who should be happy to accept your business as well as that of an Indie. The same is true (but less so, I suspect) for commercial artwork.
I'd like to hear from other writers about their feelings on this (I have a manuscript in the oven), but also from readers. What do you think about buying a self-published book vs. one from Random House,, or even an independent?