Entrepreneurs drive the economy. Every self-published writer is — like it or not — an entrepreneur. Our unique individual vision coupled with our can-do spirit translates into damn the torpedoes full speed ahead, I’ll do it my way. So there.
Self-publishers have a unique vision. We march to a different drummer. We have a different story to tell. And we tell it as best we can.
In the process we fuel a sizeable portion of the publishing economy. Think of it.
In 2007 fully a million books — 1,000,000 separate titles — were published in the U.S. Nearly half of them were self-published.
Not all came from Amazon and its subsidiaries, like mine. Many came — and come — from hundreds of different printers and self-publishing companies large and small, or they were joint ventures between the author and a small indie publisher.
Besides printers, online and on the ground, these people also made money from self-publishing. To get the book ready for prime time, book designers, graphic artists, editors, proofreaders all made a contribution to the product. Then the printers, and the people who saw the book through the printing process. Not to mention the programmers who wrote the software for printers and writers.
Then the distributors, and the shippers such as FedEx, United Parcel Service, and the U. S. Postal Service.
The books went into bookstores everywhere, and many went into feed stores, gift shops, and souvenir shops. These people made something from the books.
So be proud of what you do when you self-publish. Don’t listen to the nay-sayers and the people who gripe that a self-published book sucks — before they read it. You are a significant part of making this country work, and for that and a lot of other reasons America needs you.