With the barrier between writer and reader now obliterated thanks to Amazon and others who have effectively eliminated the middleman by making it easy for authors to bring their books right to the public we’re all left with a quandary; what about all these books?
Fiction books are flooding the market at a pace that makes it impossible for even the most voracious readers to keep up.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not in favor of the archaic model of the publisher holding court at their desk as the monarch of the mailbox determines which books will live and which ones will die with a cursory sixty second review of the book synopsis.
On the other hand, how does the book-buying public hope to make a decision as to what their next book purchase will be as they attempt to fish in a vast ocean of new entrants seeking that one new book that may change the world?
When all is said and done we have to wonder at what a good choice or a bad choice might be when purchasing fiction books. Do we gamble $1.99 on a first time, self-published author? What do the reviews tell us? Is the budding author gaming the system with fake reviews? Are the positive reviews posted by good friends of the writer with only the best of intentions?
Do we decline to gamble and stick with the authors we know as the very real possibility exists of passing by a new author with fresh fiction that we’re kick ourselves for missing? Formulaic fiction books are a sure bet as we sell ourselves short by taking a chance on a new author that could change conceivably change everything – 50 Shades of Gray anyone?
I don’t have a hard and fast answer but I can rely on a tried-and-true answer; let’s let the free market decide.
If a book is crap that will come to light fairly quickly. That aspiring author’s sales will suffer and likely not spend any more of their precious time for a round two. And most certainly not a third round.
As the saying goes — the cream rises to the top.