At one time if you wanted to be someone, an artist, singer, designer, writer, you had to pack your bags and move from Middletown, USA and go to New York or L.A. But now in this new era of unprecedented access to technology you can be anywhere and make it big. The Gatekeepers are dead, you don’t need an insider for access anymore.
Writers used to send away their manuscripts hoping that a publisher would sign them to one of the “Big Six” Publishing Houses. They would wait months for a response only to be met with rejection letters. The tide has turned and increasingly more authors are choosing to self-publish to get their work to readers. A practice that was once met with disdain and dismissed as “vanity publishing” has now been legitimized by the success of so many independent authors. The successes of self-published authors like Amanda Hocking, John Locke, and Hugh Howey have proved the adage, if you build it, they will come. Looking at the current New York Times Best Seller List fourteen percent are books by self-published authors, which would have been impossible just a few short years ago.