With easy accessibility to the internet and the enormity of services offered, an author does not have to wait for months and sometimes even years to get their book published. With more authors turning towards electronic self-publishing, and retaining all the rights for their own works, they are able to directly communicate with their readers, already existing and the prospective.
As traditional publishing is said to approach a slow death with the sale of e-books already surpassing their ink and paper counterparts in the western world, and the recent merger of Penguin and Random House is seen by many as a strategy to bring back the paper-covers into the mainstream.
Some studies even forecast that the e-book sales are going to jump to 3 billion in 2015 from the 1 billion in 2010.
With the recent development of various online tools and service kits, authors can write, design, and electronically self-publish their own books. This way they can also retain complete rights over their own works.Some resourceful services are by Createspace, Lulu, Kobo, B&N, Wordclay etc.
The most important thing for a writer today is to adapt to the changing dynamics of the digital sphere as the paradigm shift is towards the online tools and social media. Some resourceful websites which offer criticisms and function as communities are writing.com, authonomy.com, scribophile.com, inkpop.com, writersbeat.com.
Since the opportunity is up for the grabs, many developers are busy in developing ancillary resource platforms to help writers take their matters into their ownhands and not bow down to the stifling demands of traditional houses.