Anyone can be published. Did you know that? You can write down what you had for breakfast and publish that to make you a published writer. Granted you might not sell any e-copies but it's possible. AND FREE!(and it might be better reading than some of the self published novels out there.)
This is the dawn of self publishing and the game is changing drastically. It used to be that you'd write a book, try to get a literary agent for years and end up sticking the thing in a box under your bed in frustration. Agents are hard to come by and finicky. And they can be, especially now because everyone is writing books in this day and age of self publishing. It costs nothing to upload your book to Amazon Kindle, set a cover, a price, a blurb and sit back to see if anyone wants it. Even getting it printed is relatively cheap with print on demand at CreateSpace- a division of Amazon books. Again, you format it to their specifications (they'll even help you with the cover for free), submit it, buy a tester copy and offer it to the world.
I have two published books this month and another on the way in a few months. I self published the first one The Dream Jumper's Promise because I'd spent years trying to secure a good agent as a non-romance writer and couldn't get anyone I queried to take me on. Writing Women's Fiction is a challenge. And I mean real Women's Fiction where there might not even be a romance. (Even though mine does have a lovely romance set amongst the palm trees of Maui). W.F. is all about the journey. You have to be a very strong writer to get noticed in that genre. I promoted The Dream Jumper as Women's Fiction and was told I wasn't ready. IF you read my blog regularly here, you probably know that last year I got an editor at The Wild Rose Press interested in a novel I wrote to try my hand at the romance thing. It had been under my bed for over a year and I'd pretty much chocked that little book up to experiance and forgotten about it. So I also have a traditionally published novel with a well respected romance publisher.
Today Necessary Detour is #20 on Amazon Best Seller List in Romantic Suspense. I'm aghast that it's doing so well. Last weekend it was offered for free over 5 days and had 35,000 downloads! Romance sells. Check it out and buy if you'd like to see my little book that could jump higher in the rankings.
So writers, if you are looking to publish your work (even short stories are selling to people who want to download something to read quickly in the doctor's office etc), feel free to go to Amazon Kindle, make an account, get an ISBN number and download your work. If you are looking at making money, I'd be a bad sport to not tell you to write romance. Breakfast Menus aren't selling well this year.
Necessary Detour - Romantic Suspense 5 Stars on 20 reviews