Because of kindle direct publishing (amazon.com), pubit (barnes&nobles.com), smashwords, lulu, and createspace, there is now a plethora of good reads for under $5.00. Yes, I agree that there are still a good number of poorly edited books in the indie arena. Still, more and more, we are seeing good reads that are decently edited by indie authors. It is wonderful to be able to pick up a good read without having to take out a second mortgage!
The only thing I can't control is if readers buy it, after I have done my best at marketing. After doing everything possible to market my work, I still have to rely on some luck. Still, the same would be true it I had gone the traditional route. If I am going to end up relying on luck anyway, why not take care of my 'baby" myself instead of depending on others to "raise" it?
Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream has done "ok" for a first book. Gastien sells copies weekly. It should do even better when Gastien Part 2: From Dream to Destiny comes out. By Part 3, I will know if Gastien is as loved by others as by me.
If you are thinking about self publishing, don't hesitate. You will find it fun, challenging, rewarding, frustrating, and very much worth your time. You will find people to help you every step of the way at the sites I mentioned above.
You know that book that keeps knocking around in your head? Why not make a new year's resolution early this year? How about commiting to writing that book and getting it out where readers can enjoy it, too? You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain in knowledge, sense of accomplishment, and-perhaps-in some additional income.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Travel safe, eat lots...and find some time to read!