By: D.M. Miller
The Religion of the Heart is the first novel I will have published, and it has been a learning experience, to say the least. After getting kicked around in the formal publishing world years ago when I was just starting out, green and naive, I ended up using my writing skills in business and journalism instead. Now, a lifetime later, it’s time to get down to business, no more wasting time or playing around. Luckily, my reborn ambition couldn’t have come at a better time.
Soon I will be joining the ranks of many other indie writers who thumb their noses at the “establishment,” the stale corporations making a business out of creativity. Unfortunately, it really is a business at the end of the day, and those companies that have been doing it for decades have it down to a science. No different from Hollywood with its favorite “formula” movie, publishers know what sells, and they have the means to market what the public wants.
Technology, however, has changed everything. Print on demand (POD) services have brought down the fortress walls of the old, pretentious publishing world, nearly impossible to break into. The alternative was the once costly self-publishing options, which were not only expensive but also carried a stigma, seen as a last-ditch effort from desperate writers who weren’t “good enough” to get a contract from a “real” publishing company. Now, even authors who have been published by those big companies in the past are finding POD to be quicker and easier, and if they have the know-how and the proper tools, they can actually make more money. (Not that it’s much money to begin with, but in an often low-paying field, any improvement helps!)
And so this is the route I have chosen. One of the final steps in the process is to look over the book before giving the go-ahead to put it up for sale on Amazon. It is set to arrive today, and for the first time, I’ll get to see my book in print. I can’t wait to share it with the world!