I haven't posted many new self-publishing-related links lately. Most seem to repeat the same thing over and over again, and others, well, come from people who are *sadly* misinformed.
But here's one of the "good ones," from Libbie Hawker and The Seattle Vine.
She references a video posted by John Green, which you may want to check out. I didn't mention anything here about it, because I love John Green and, well, I was kind of disappointed in his whole "you didn't write that" attitude.
If you make it all the way to the end (it's long!), I appreciated this little reminder:
"Remember what you forgot decades ago: that in spite of what you’ve
conditioned authors like John Green to believe, there are only two
figures without whom Bookworld cannot survive: readers and writers. Everybody else is, in the end, expendable. Get out of the way of ebooks. Readers want them. Offer more variety.
Readers want it. Listen to reader feedback. They are your consumers."
Also, from Michael J. Sullivan: "Let's Stop Comparing Apples and Oranges."
Warning: there are numbers, and, if you're anything like me, they will make absolutely no sense to you. Scroll down to the bottom, though, because there is a "Bottom Line" and this final thought:
"So, self or traditional has equal chances of success or failure. Which
one an author should choose will come down to their goals and abilities.
There is no universal “right” choice…just one that will best fit a
particular author at a particular time, and as the hybrid movement
continues to grow, I think we’ll find that what may have been the “right
choice” at one point in time may mean “going the other way” later on. A
savvy author keeps their eyes and options open and flexibility will be
the thing that works the most in their favor."