New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey was inspired to write throughout careers as a yacht captain and a bookseller before independently publishing WOOL. In this short video from CreateSpace (embedded below), he shares his thoughts on indie publishing and predicts the future for authors.
Some choice quotations:
“I got picked up by a small publisher. They put the book out, but they used print-on-demand technology and they used KDP [Kindle Direct Publishing] to upload the eBooks. I realized, ‘I can do this myself and retain full creative control and full ownership of my work, and any work that I sell, I make more per sale’.”
“The amount of time it takes to self-publish is very small, it just seems daunting when you don’t know where to start. If you get on KDP, you get on CreateSpace, and you start reading the facts, you realize, ‘Omigosh, in a weekend, I can publish what I just spent six months writing’.”
“Basically, the cost of production and the cost of distribution has dropped to zero—and that’s unleashed the creativity of an entire legion of people who never would have written or gotten published otherwise.”
“The joy of working with KDP and CreateSpace has been to see the idea become a reality, and hold the book in your hands, and show someone you can get online and buy the book. It takes all the stress and all the worry out of publishing. All you care about is the writing—the rest is up to the reader.”