Why I Don't Self Publish

Over at MaineCrimeWriters.com I have a post about Jessica Park, the young adult writer who wrote an essay celebrating Amazon's self-publishing program and, in return, received a surprisingly lucrative gift from CEO Jeff Bezos. In my own essay I talk about why I haven't followed the same path, although I suspect we will increasingly see "name" authors eschewing traditional publishers and going the self-publishing route. I don't discuss the complicated future of booksellers in this Brave New World (that's for another day), but it bears remembering that, for the moment, bypassing traditional publishers also means bypassing brick and mortar stores. This decision comes with consequences, as Barry Eisler recently discovered.