The Washington Post has a great story about e-publishing — in particular, self e-publishing. It seems that when it pays off, it pays off big. It seems to be profitable for romance writers, who have a devoted readership anxious to read more. Backlists and thriller genre look promising too.
I may try my hand at it. The very things that are listed as cons (book jacket design, layout) are the kinds of things I like to do and these days, every author ends up marketing their book whether they have an agent or publisher or not.
One thing the article doesn’t mention about the appeal of e-books is that if you buy one and don’t like it, you’re only out of pocket a few bucks. I have had bookcases full of books I paid ten times as much for that I didn’t like at all. Add the portability factor to that (I’m heading off to France this fall and am now seriously considering purchasing my first Kindle so that I’m not hauling hard books around with me) and sales have nowhere to go but up.
Here’s a link to the full article. Definitely worth reading.