In reference to Ken’s post and others’ comments on Print On Demand, I would like to talk about Larry Correia. Mr. Correia is my new-writer hero, and I have an enormous amount of respect for him as an author. We’ve never met, but if we did I would have him sign my collector’s copy of the Print on Demand version of Monster Hunter International.
Mr. Correia is a monster B-Movie fan. He has more than a passing familiarity with firearms and the art of self defense. He is also a writer. Correia set about writing on those two topics in his novel.
MHI is a great book. It’s tight and fast-paced, and the characters, even the bad ones, are fun. It is a monstrously (ha ha) entertaining book to read. How good is it? Well my wife, Dainty Little Southern Girl Blonde has started reading it, and she doesn’t even like monster movies or guns. You can find the first chapter of MHI on his blog.
You can also read the full story on his search for a publisher and finally his contract through a major publishing house on his blog archives. I want you to consider this: I opened this post with information about Correia’s book. At the end of the day, Correia had a sellable book, and against the odds he sold it. He self-pubished it and the novel drew attention, and then a major publisher picked it up.
Thus Larry wins. Correia Wins New-Writer Book. He is being published by Baen. Baen. That is BAEN folks.
I encourage everyone to put their internal biases aside and consider this: the book industry is more organic today then the past. As an outsider looking in, this is my observation: like the internets, it is impacted by globalization and market forces beyond the reach of traditional media. It will change. How much Print on Demand will change it remains to be seen. You cannot deny there are positive aspects of Print on Demand, anymore than you can deny Correia’s business acumen.
Writing is our blood. Make every drop count.