Self-publishing, Trend or Fad.

Posted by Mary Marvella | 10:35 PM | 25 comments »

Good morning Pink Fuzzies and guests. Add your dishes anywhere you want to. Someone started on the hot dogs!

It's early for booze, but let's party anyway! Grab your coffee, tea, or juice. We could do mimosas, since I write about southern folks.

The publishing industry is changing again. Actually, it’s always changing. My dreams are changing or evolving, too.

When I started writing with the idea of publishing in 1991, there were more publishers. There were more independent bookstores.

Publishers merged and bought out the smaller companies. Bookstore chains bought out smaller stores.

Now only a few suppliers can put books into bookstores. Now you can buy your books online. I even read about the idea of a library with no paper books. I can't imagine not being able to wander through the stacks and look at book spines.

People started selling books from their websites. Yep, they would give away teaser chapters, then sell their books to readers they managed to hook. A few brave companies started selling e-books. (I won’t even get into books on tape or CDs.)

Twenty years ago I didn’t even consider that I might one day publish my own book or that my first publication would be published online. I heard about friends going through vanity presses and selling their books from their trunks. I’d never do that. Some published books as print-on-demand. I wanted an agent to represent me. I wanted to sell to New York publishers! A couple of years ago an editor for a small press suggested that I self-publish a book she didn’t feel would fit the needs of the New York folks. Who me? No way. Well, no one could read my books! Were there readers who would love them? Who knew?

Last year several writer friends “went indie” . The advent of the e-readers made reading e-books so much easier than reading them on computers. Reports from chain bookstores report sales of e-books edging out sales of paper books.

E-books aren’t going away and I don’t think Indie publishing will go away any time soon. Many Bestselling authors whose rights are being returned to them are self-publishing them as e-books.

I wrote stories I love and I want to share them. Finally folks can read one of my novellas.

What do you think? Will the self-publishing thing fade away?

I finally did it. I jumped into the self-publishing pool. Forever Love is a paranormal romance, available now at

For the month of May it is on sale for $.99.
Nurse Sabrina Boyd’s life was just fine before Dr. Joe Walker, her cousin’s widower, returned home to South Georgia. Avoiding the handsome doctor who wants a romantic relationship with her isn’t her biggest problem. She has seen the Demon Cat, a harbinger of death for the Boyd family for centuries. Now she’s obsessed with finding and saving the person the cat wants, and she’s immersed in old journals about ill-fated lovers.

Joe wants to teach her about steamy sex. The cat ... what does the cat really want?
Enjoy love, lust, magic, and sweet tea.


  1. Scarlet Pumpernickel // May 12, 2011 at 12:24 AM  

    Wow, Mary what a spread you got for us! And now we can sit around and hear all about your experience in the ebook world. Is that sweet tea? Please pour me a glass. Is your book available now?

  2. Mary Marvella // May 12, 2011 at 7:43 AM  

    Good morning, Scarlet. Let me check on the link.

  3. Beth Trissel // May 12, 2011 at 8:21 AM  

    Super spread. I am amazed at how fast the publishing world is evolving. Who knows what's next? I'm tickled for you in taking this big step and look forward to reading your book which I bought at that giveaway price. I love the cover and your premise. Now, I have to be certain it's on this particular computer which is my third in two weeks. Having my pc challenges.

  4. Mary Marvella // May 12, 2011 at 12:02 PM  

    Sorry about your computer problems! Even as recently as 5 years ago, many of us were not ready to go with an e-publisher.

  5. Nightingale // May 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

    That is a fabulous cover, and I've been lucky enough to have a peak at this story. It needed to be out there so more people could enjoy a truly super read. Congratulations, Mary, and many sales!!

  6. Barbara White Daille // May 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM  

    Hi, all! I've brought my tea along and am popping in for some goodies.

    AND to congratulate Mary on her first self-pubbed release!

    The mention of the future library with no paper books on the shelves gave me chills. Bad ones. I'm all for e-books, but I still want my paper available, too.


  7. Pamela Varnado // May 12, 2011 at 1:11 PM  

    Did anyone say buffet? I was hungry before I started reading, now I'm famish.

    E-publishing is here to stay. I'm both happy and sad, because I love the idea of holding a book in my hands. But I am embracing the process. My daughter bought me a Kindle for Christmas and so far I'm loving it.

  8. Edie Ramer // May 12, 2011 at 2:45 PM  

    I think everything will be changing, but self-publishing won't go away. In fact, more NY pubbed writers will jump ship. The smart ones, anyway. It's already happening.

    Congrats on jumping into the self-publishing pool. I hope you sell a ton of books!

  9. Beth Trissel // May 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM  

    Super post, MM. My former comment on this one disappeared because I know I raved. Very excited for you. Love the cover and the story premise. Double woo hoooo.

  10. Mary Marvella // May 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

    Thanks, Beth! I'm glad I don't need to redo it!

  11. Scarlet Pumpernickel // May 13, 2011 at 6:33 PM  

    Mary, tell us about your venture into e-pubbing. Was it difficult? How do you feel about it, now that you've taken the leap? What are your plans for promotion?

  12. Mary Marvella // May 13, 2011 at 7:12 PM  

    Scarlet, I am not a computer person so I had to get someone to translate the instructions! Really, once I understood, it wasn't too difficult. I am glad I learned something that scared the pants off of me! Now I'm wandering around, scratching my head in bewilderment! the on to B&N. I have several nooks i plan to e-publish.

  13. Nightingale // May 13, 2011 at 7:36 PM  

    What a bummer but at least you didn't lose your post. I had a sneak preview of this story and I can tell you it is a wonderful read. Congratulations and many sales, Mary. And yes, I'm thinking of self-pubbing some of my stuff.

  14. Mary Marvella // May 13, 2011 at 11:06 PM  

    Go for it, Linda!

  15. J.L. Murphey // May 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM  

    Welcome to the club Mary!

  16. Barbara Monajem // May 14, 2011 at 3:31 PM  

    Dang! I have to read this story just to see what the cat really wants. :)
    Go, Mary!

  17. Mary Ricksen // May 14, 2011 at 7:02 PM  

    I think this is great. A lot of good writers would never get the chance, I mean chance with a big C. Publishing to me is 50% author and the rest is networking and a lot of luck. Look at the J.K. Rowling. She might have given up and what a loss. So I think this is really the wave of the future. Especially the price, it can't be beat!!!

  18. Mary Ricksen // May 14, 2011 at 7:03 PM  

    Oh by the way. The best way to sell your book without spending money is to blog and comment on blogs! Honest! It works!

  19. Judy // May 15, 2011 at 8:20 AM  

    Congratulations, Mary! As I've said before I love the cover of your book and the whole idea!! Go, Girl!!!

  20. Josie // May 15, 2011 at 9:09 AM  

    Hurray, MM! What an exciting time for you! Please keep us updated. I believe that self-publishing is here to stay.

  21. Mary Marvella // May 17, 2011 at 1:35 AM  

    Jo, I am pleased you stopped by. Yes, you were here ahead of me, but I'll catch up!

  22. Mary Marvella // May 17, 2011 at 1:36 AM  

    Barbara, I could give you a hint........nah!

  23. Mary Marvella // May 17, 2011 at 1:38 AM  

    Thanks, Mary R. I finally got the story up on Amazon and B&N this weekend. I looked at your group blog and will need to sign up soon.

  24. Mary Marvella // May 17, 2011 at 1:40 AM  

    Judy, I am so pleased you like the cover! I'm working with a cover artist with the cover for the next book, a full length novel.

  25. Mary Marvella // May 17, 2011 at 1:41 AM  

    Joanne, I really plan to jump into this now, because I think the trend will grow soon! I want to get ahead of the wave!