This week in the world of self-publishing:
The big news this month is, of course, the yearly advent of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a challenge undertaken by tens of thousands of people the world over––including around four thousand in India. Aditi Maithreya, in a November 1 article for the Times of India, reports on what writers are doing there. According to Maithreya, one Chennai-based blogger, Nandhithaa Hariharan, says that “Many of us have a story at the back of our minds but are lazy to write. The challenge brings in a kind of discipline that pushes you to pen down your thoughts.”
Hariharan, who is based out of Chennai, is undertaking NaNoWriMo for the first time, but many writers in India return year after year to write 50,000 words in the month of November. And because NaNoWriMo operates outside the boundaries of traditional publishing, Maithreya writes, it presents opportunities to writers of regional dialects and fringe interests in a way that intersects nicely with self-publishing. Depending on circumstances and output, participants may be eligible to receive discounts on Scribner, a manuscript-friendly word processing software program, or to receive free e-book editions of their novels. But NaNoWriMo writers must remain cautious, Maithreya warns, especially since the breakneck pace of writing so many words a month can lead to loopholes and continuity errors slipping in under the radar. She quotes Mumbai author Neil D’Silva, who warns participants that “NaNoWriMo writers must remember that after the first draft they need to edit and proofread before publishing.” Luckily, there are plenty of services out there to help move busy authors from first drafts to final ones. For more information, check out both Maithreya’s article and the NaNoWriMo website.
If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo 2015, we’d love to be there to support you! Drop a line in our comments section to let us know, or send us the link to your NaNoWriMo profile and we’ll follow your progress and keep the digital equivalent of coffee and pep talks waiting in the wings.
If you were wondering, India is a phenomenal powerhouse of a market when it comes to the publishing industry, but it’s also rapidly becoming a leader when it comes to self-publishing, as well. In another November 1 piece for the Times of India, Gunjan Verma transcribes an interview with the freelance writer and self-published author, Ganesh V., whose debut book (The Underage CEOs) follows the stories of eleven successful student entrepreneurs. When asked about his thoughts on where readers are at in respect to self-publishing, Ganesh V. replied that “the audience is ready. They want to read different genres, especially something which is off literary fiction. People [have] realized that heavy literary fictions are not for the masses and so the mood of the audience currently is right for the content which resonates with the common man.” By simultaneously providing both a broader appeal and more niche genres, self-publishing simply presents both readers and writers with more options, Verma reports. Before his book, says Ganesh V., “no one wrote about student entrepreneurs who dared to do something different. These are young entrepreneurs, in their 20s, who have just finished college and said a ‘No’ to the conventional path of the corporate world.” Sounds like a fitting entry into the canon of self-publishing masterpieces, doesn’t it? For more of this week’s interview, drop on by Verma’s article.
The numbers are in, reports Tom Holman, as of his October 29 report for The Bookseller. The big takeaways are as follows:
1. Mobile overtakes tablets and dedicated e-readers as the device of choice […]
2. Digital sales are still growing, but they are also slowing […]
3. Self-love levels recede as many indie authors report lower satisfaction levels […]
4. Publishing remains very much divided on matters digital […]
5. … And the majority believe publishers remain unprepared for what is coming [….]
And while I’d love to sit here and unpack these points first thing on a Monday, I think you deserve more and better than that. So, as I wrap up my Wednesday series on e-readers, I’ll be turning my eye towards this year’s Digital Census and the other materials that have emerged from The Bookseller’s “FutureBook” conference that have profound implications for the self-publishing author. There’s a lot to take in. In the meantime, check out Holman’s summary of events!
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