An e-book was recently purchased by some big Hollywood names to be adapted into a film. Whether the movie actually gets made or not, this marks a real step forward for the “legitimacy” of self-published titles as viable published works.
Of course, readers have long thought that. Why else would e-books become so popular, and writers decide to self-publish more and more, bypassing the traditional publishing model?
But mainstream media continue to scoff at self-published works, and belittle the efforts of authors who’ve decided to take publishing into their own hands, whether through Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Apple or other companies that provide services that allow authors to bring their works to an increasingly hungry digital reading marketplace.
I remember reading not too long ago a request for reader submissions for their favorite book of the last yearÂ in which the writer said that readers could only choose among books published in hardcover or paperback â€“ belittling the efforts of anyone who decided to choose another route. This was from a website and the author of the article didn’t see the irony in this prejudicial request.
The book in question here, though, Wool, will also be published by an imprint of Random House UK. But obviously before that happened director Ridley Scott and producer Steve Zaillian saw something in author Hugh C Howe’s science-fiction novel that could be a big-screen thriller. Since publishing Wool in July 2011, the author has written four more books in his series.
For anyone who’s building a platform in order to attract readers and grow an audience for your ideas and your book, this represents further proof that you have other opportunities to publish your work.
Traditional publishing remains a goal for many authors â€“ and the author of Wool had said how delighted he was to have his book appear in print in this way â€“ but it’s not the only goal.
Your goal is to reach readers. I know that many European publishers have taken to scouring the e-book bestseller lists in hopes of finding a new voice to purchase for translation overseas. They feel it’s more likely to discover someone interesting than by going for the works, even the good works, published by a traditional firm.
So more and more, the e-book stigma is disappearing. And Â if Hollywood has begun looking at e-books more seriously, then you should, too.
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