How Amazon Saved My Life By Jessica Park

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I don’t normally put external articles on my site…but today I came across an amazing article written by self-published author Jessica Park chronicling her not so fun experiences with big publishing houses and her subsequent adventures/success as a self-publisher. I found my self say “yes yes yes ” and “I agree” to almost everything she said in her article. If you are an author or aspiring to publish a book..please please please read this article it might save your life!
 

How Amazon Saved My Life By Jessica Park

I have a lovely, smart, powerhouse agent, who tried to sell my next book, Flat-Out Love, to every major publishing house. She adored the story and thought it would sell. Fourteen editors turned it down…did I cry over some of these rejections? Absolutely. Did I feel inadequate, untalented, hurt? Yes. Did I doubt my ability to craft a story that readers could fall in love with? You bet.  And then one day I got yet another rejection letter and instead of blaming myself and my clear lack of creativity, I got angry. Really, really furious. It clicked for me that I was not the idiot here. Publishing houses were. The silly reasons that they gave me for why my book was useless made me see very clearly how completely out of touch these houses were with readers. I knew, I just knew, that I’d written a book with humor, heart, and meaning. I’d written something that had potential to connect with an audience. As much as I despise having to run around announcing how brilliant I supposedly am and whatnot, I also deeply believed in Flat-Out Love. I knew that editors were wrong.
 

And I finally understood that I wanted nothing to do with these people.
 

I snatched the book back from my agent and self-published it. With great relief, I should note. I could finally admit to myself that the only thing I had really wanted was to be told, “You’re good enough.” You know who gives me that? My readers. My generous, loving, wild readers.
 

Publishers pay terribly and infrequently. They are shockingly dumb when it comes to pricing, and if I see one more friend’s NY-pubbed ebook priced at $12.99, I’m going to scream. They do minimal marketing and leave the vast majority of work up to the author. Unless, of course, you are already a big name author. continue reading the amazing article

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  1. Read it yesterday on amazon and i remember thinking “awesome, one less obstacle in my path, gotta get back to the drawing board and finish that novel”
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