There’s a bit of a heated debate surrounding self-publishing these days. Some authors deem it their saving grace, allowing them to make a decent living off of their writing and writing alone; others see it as the harbinger of print itself. On this blog, we’ve explored both ends of this debate, and we’ve even delved into the varied opinions of both writers and publishers. But I’m going to focus on just one author: Jessica Park, a New York Times bestselling author of young adult and adult fiction who details her venture into self-publishing on her website. According to Park, Amazon’s self-publishing platform saved her life.
Jessica Park and her literary agent attempted to sell her book Flat-Out Love to just about every major publishing house in New York. But after receiving turn-down after turn-down, Park realized that she didn’t need the validation of a big time publishing house.
“I spent months thinking that I needed a big publisher in order to be a writer, to legitimately carry that “author” title. To validate me, and to validate Flat-Out Love. I needed a publisher to print my books and stick a silly publishing house emblem on the side of a hard copy. They were the only way to give my books mass distribution, and having them back me would mean that readers would know my book was good.”
Angered over her many rejections, Park turned to Amazon’s self-publishing platform, and she fell in love. She got to choose her own price and cover, and the staff seemed to genuinely care. Plus, she was paid significantly more for her books, enough to make a living off writing and creating alone. According to Park, many authors just like her (“indie,” often writing about college-aged characters) are turning away from the big publishing houses neither pay nor respect them and flocking to the world of self-publishing.
Although Jessica Park once felt she needed the validation of a big publishing house; she realizes now that all she ever needed was the love of her fans. Because of Amazon’s self-publishing service, she was able to get her book published and into the world for the people that matter the most.
Read more about Jessica’s story here: